5 Of The Best Walks To Do In And Around Manchester

Published . By Kay Field.

Feeling restless? Going a little stir crazy? We feel you. Luckily, this Northern gem is filled with green spaces and riverside paths, offering you the chance to get out of your stuffy room and stretch your legs away from everyone else. Gotta make the most of that one daily walk. Grab your trainers and check out our list of the 5 best walks in and around Manchester to help you stave off cabin fever and enjoy some solo natural scenery. On your own. We're serious. Two metres people.

Manchester Wharf City Trail (2.5 miles)

Manchester Town Hall

Attention-grabbing and OTT as hell, Manchester Town Hall's a real looker.

Take a stroll past some of the city's best sites with a circular route via historic canals and Manchester's Gothic town hall. Starting off at The Wharf, work your way along Rochdale Canal towpath, under and over numerous cobbled bridges to Princess Street, before heading up to the beautifully ornate building. On your way back, don't forget to hit up the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park and check out some old-school artefacts.

River Irwell And Peel Park Route (4 miles)

Manchester Canal

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

This 4 mile loop 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 and again into Peel Park and the David Lewis Sports Grounds - I mean if they're not using it, someone might as well make the most of it, right?  

Philips Park (2.5 miles)

Manchester Philips Park

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

Renowned for its ancient woodlands, diverse wildlife and wildflowers aplenty, Philips Park is one of the city's biggest green spaces and sure to leave you feeling fresher. Take in a number of the historic features on your way round, including the serpentine paths, amphitheatre and carriage drive. For those fancying a longer trek, there's the option to divert into the Waterdale area before rejoining the route at the formal gardens.

Tegg's Nose Country Park (2.5 miles) 

Manchester Tegg's Nose Country Park

Ideal for when you need a break from all the noise.

Whilst this walk may be a bit of a drive from central Manchester, it's worth it for the incredible natural scenery that awaits. 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 vista. King of the castle, much?

Medlock Valley Way (various distances)

Manchester Canal

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

Medlock Valley Way is more of a DIY kind of ramble. Kicking off just a stone's throw away from Manchester Picadilly station, the path continues on for a further 12 miles up via the River Medlock all the way up to Moorside. For those more central in need of a lunchtime breather, start from Ashton Canal Path and enjoy a welcome break from your screen. Got more time on your hands? Follow the waterway up to Oldham Tameside for some tranquil and unadulterated bliss.

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