7 Of The Best Walks To Do In And Around Manchester

Published . By Kay Field.

In among the historic buildings, winding waterways and nightlife hotspots, you'll find a whole host of outdoor routes that are perfect for stretching your legs. Whether you fancy wandering past city landmarks, discovering some greener spaces or you want to go a bit further afield into the Peak District region, you'll see it all here in our list of the best walks in and around Manchester.

Tegg's Nose Country Park (2.5 miles) 

While this may be a bit of a drive from the city centre, it's on our list of top country walks near Manchester. Beginning at Tegg's Nose Country Park's visitor centre, get on your hiking boots and set off. Follow the Saddler's Way past farms, heathland and a reservoir, all while being treated to views of wildlife at its finest. Carry on up to the summit for truly gorgeous scenes to boot. King of the castle, much?

Manchester Tegg's Nose Country Park Walks | DesignMyNight

Ideal for when you need a break from the hustle and bustle.

Manchester Wharf City Trail (2.5 miles)

Take a stroll past some of the top sights with this circular route that runs via waterways and the Gothic town hall, as the Wharf City Trail is one of the best walks in Manchester city centre. Work your way along Rochdale Canal towpath, under and over numerous cobbled bridges to Princess Street. On your way back, head to The Library for a delicious afternoon tea, or check out the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park where you'll find old school artefacts.

Manchester Wharf City Trail | DesignMyNight

This Manchester walk is serving up some top-notch views.

Peel Tower and Holcombe Moor (6 miles)

For walks near Manchester by train, our favourite has to be Peel Tower and Holcombe Moor. You'll kick things off at Ramsbottom station, before heading past a 17th century pub that was renowned for its cock fighting meets. Then, sweeping views begin once the monument to Sir Robert Peel comes into sight. Next, you'll traverse moors, streams and rivers, finishing off by going full circle back to where you started.

Holcombe Moor Walks Near Manchester By Train | DesignMyNight

If beautiful vistas are you thing, this is the walk for you.

Medlock Valley Way (various distances)

Medlock Valley Way is more of a DIY ramble. Kicking off from Manchester Piccadilly station, near The Waldorf, the path continues on for a further 12 miles via the River Medlock all the way to Moorside. For those of you after a quick lunchtime breather, start from Ashton Canal Path. However, if you've got more time on your hands, follow the waterway to Oldham Tameside for some tranquil and unadulterated bliss.

Manchester Canal Walks | DesignMyNight

Take an evening walking along one of Manchester's charming canals.

River Irwell And Peel Park Route (4 miles)

This walk around Manchester is a perfect opportunity to clear your mind after a day's work. Setting off from Blackfriars, the River Irwell course will see you hitting up all the green spaces as you cross over to The Meadow, into Peel Park and then the David Lewis Sports Grounds. For a post-ramble bite to eat? Loop back past Salford Central and into Spinningfields, where the likes of Australasia and Banyan await.

Manchester River Walks Peel Park | DesignMyNight

A good ramble is closer than you think, thanks to these scenes right on your doorstep.

Philips Park (2.5 miles)

Renowned for its ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and flowers aplenty, Philips Park is up there for forest walks near Manchester. Take in a number of the historic features on your way round, including the serpentine paths, amphitheatre and carriage drive. For those of you fancying a longer trek, there's the option to divert into the Waterdale area, before rejoining the route at the picturesque formal gardens.

Manchester Best Walks Philips Park | DesignMyNight

The popular oasis is bringing you a shot of culture with your amble.

Mayfield Park Manchester (various short distances)

This 6.5 acre space runs alongside the River Medlock near Piccadilly station and is Manchester's first new city park in over 100 years. Mayfield links industrial features with nature for stunning vistas, while also having futuristic-style kids play areas available. One for more of a meander or picnic compared to a full-on walk, this stunning spot is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of living in or visiting the centre.

Mayfield Park Manchester City Centre Walk | DesignMyNight

Soon, this development will also be home to new housing, shops and more to create a whole neighbourhood.

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