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 near Manchester.
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 a top choice of nice 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.
River Irwell And Peel Park Route (4 miles)
This walk 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.
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.
Peel Tower and Holcombe Moor (6 miles)
For walks near Manchester by train, our recommendation 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.
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 scenic walks in 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?
Mam Tor (6 miles)
A favourite of Peak District walks near Manchester, the 6-mile loop from Castleton to Mam Tor is a popular one. Starting below Peveril Castle, this trip takes you towards Winnats Pass before turning right and going uphill to Blue John Cavern. Then it's just a short climb to the summit, where you can ramble across the long ridge. There are spectacular vistas of Edale Valley throughout.
Middle Black Clough Waterfall (2 miles)
Middle Black Clough is a scenic pick of waterfall walks near Manchester. Found nestled in the Peak District, this short but challenging trail starts from Woodhead Road near the reservoir. Cross the River Etherow, where you'll meet the clough and head up through Birchen Bank Wood using a trail that runs alongside the water. Expect peaceful surrounds before being treated to views of the quaint falls.
Philips Park (2.5 miles)
Renowned for its ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and flowers aplenty, Philips Park is up there for flat 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.
Mayfield Park Manchester (various short distances)
This 6.5 acre space runs alongside the River Medlock near Piccadilly station and is a great choice of family walks around Manchester city centre. Mayfield links industrial features with nature for stunning vistas. One for more of a meander or picnic compared to a full-on trek, this stunning spot is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle.