5 Of The Best Walks To Do In And Around Manchester

Published . By Kay Field.

In amongst 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 5 best walks in and around Manchester.

Manchester Wharf City Trail (2.5 miles)

Take a stroll past some of the city's best sites with this circular route via canals and Manchester's Gothic town hall. Work your way along Rochdale Canal towpath, under and over numerous cobbled bridges to Princess Street and up to the beautifully ornate building. 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 Town Hall

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

Philips Park (2.5 miles)

Renowned for its ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and flowers aplenty, Philips Park is up there for pretty walks in 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 formal gardens.

Manchester Philips Park

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

Tegg's Nose Country Park (2.5 miles) 

While this walk may be a bit of a drive from the city centre, it's one of the best places to walk in Manchester. Beginning at Tegg's Nose Country Park's visitor centre, get on your hiking boots and follow the Saddler's Way past farms, heathland and a reservoir where you'll be treated to wildlife at its finest. Carry on up to the summit for a truly gorgeous view. King of the castle, much?

Manchester Tegg's Nose Country Park

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

River Irwell And Peel Park Route (4 miles)

This 4 mile looped walk around Manchester is a perfect opportunity to clear your mind after a stagnant day of working from home. 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? Stop off at Gaucho for a meat-fuelled feast.

Manchester Canal

Nature is closer than you think with these scenes right on your doorstep.

Medlock Valley Way (various distances)

Medlock Valley Way is more of a DIY kind of ramble. Kicking off from Manchester Picadilly station, near Brasserie Abode, 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

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

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