Dig out the wellies and wrap up in your winter woollies – we’ve rounded up the best Autumn walks to enjoy in and around Manchester. With social distancing rules changing regularly, we recommend visiting each spot’s website and social channels before embarking on your visit. Let’s set off!

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens

This is a beautiful spot to admire an interesting array of trees and an abundance of winter flowers or simply soak up some of nature’s winter goodness. There are numerous paths and walkways offering gentle circular strolls around the botanical gardens and as this is a local nature reserve you’re likely to spot some wonderful wildlife along the way. Warm drinks and refreshments are available at The Alpine Tea Room in the park or head to the nearby Fletcher Moss pub to warm up with a glass of wine by a roaring fire. Learn more about Fletcher Moss Park here.

Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, 18 Stenner Lane, Manchester, M20 2RQ, Tel: 0161 434 1877
Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey is home to one of Britain’s largest Winter Gardens making it a great spot for a Sunday walk. The gardens boast over a thousand winter shrubs, trees and evergreens delivering a delightful variety of sensory experiences throughout winter. There is a magnificent Georgian Mansion and well stocked deer park too. Treat the family to a tasty meal at the Stables Restaurant or grab a snack at the Stamford Café. Pooches are welcome at the dog-friendly ice-cream Parlour. To book your visit in advance head to the Dunham Massey website here.

Dunham Massey, Altrincham. Cheshire, WA14 4SJ, Tel: 0161 941 1025
Hollingworth Lake

This is a superb spot for a refreshing Sunday walk with spectacular scenery and plenty of cosy little cafes and pubs on the way. Hollingworth Lake, with its dramatic Blackstone Edge backdrop, is particularly picturesque on a crisp winter’s day. There are trails, a nature reserve, picnic areas and designated kids play areas making this a family favourite walking spot. Learn more about Hollingworth Lake here.

Hollingworth Lake, Lardaceous Road, Littleborough, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL15 0AQ
Heaton Park

North Manchester’s biggest park is home to Heaton Hall, a Grade I listed 18th century country house. Heaton Park features a stunning lake which is home to numerous swans, geese and ducks. Take the kids along to the free to enter Park Farm and Animal Centre where they will be introduced to animals ranging from chickens and goats, to pigs and alpacas. Warm up with a cappuccino and a slice of cake at the Hidden Gem Coffee Shop or grab a bite at The Stables café. Learn more about Heaton Park here.

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester, M25 2SW, Tel: 0161 773 1085
Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Water Park is a breathtakingly tranquil hidden gem which warrants a place on our list of best spots for a Sunday walk. The water park features a lake with plenty of fish to spot and is surrounded by grasslands and woodlands for meandering along. Pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the many picnic benches sited in this local nature reserve. Children under 12 can let off steam in the play area and there are on-site toilets as well as a free car park. Learn more about Chorlton Water Park here. P.S Check out Manchester’s best dog walking spots here.

Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 7WH, Tel: 0161 881 5639
Quarry Bank Mill

Technically in Cheshire, over in Wilmslow you’ll find the picturesque surrounds of Quarry Bank Mill. This National Trust protected property provides visitors with a hit of nature without the lengthy drive to reach it. Enter into this industrial heritage site and you’ll find a selection of three weaving walking routes to wander through, taking you deep into a leafy forest, complete with stony bridges and the gently bubbling River Bollin. Keen eyed walkers will no doubt notice the wealth of wildlife on offer at the site, while those after a bite to eat or a hot drink can find both at the cafe, which is nestled next to the Mill itself which is also available to explore. To book your visit in advance head to the Quarry Bank Mill website.

Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA, Tel: 0162 552 7468
Wed 30 Sep
Words:
Julie Al-Zoubi
Published on:
Wed 21 Oct 2020