As we go into our second full lockdown, you might be wondering how best to occupy the slightly chillier days we’re experiencing this time around. We’ve rounded up five of the very best forests near Manchester to explore this winter, so you can get out and about on some invigorating walks and enjoy some of the stunning scenery that we’re so lucky to have close to us. Read on to find out more…

Blackley Forest

Located to the north of the city, Blackley Forest is really easy to get to from central Manchester, making it one of the most accessible green spaces for city dwellers. The River Irk runs through the west side of the forest in the direction of the city centre, and the forest itself is ideal for outdoor recreation — you can enjoy walking, fishing and birdwatching.

Blackley Forest, Victoria Avenue, Manchester M9 0PL
Delamere Forest

Delamere is located south-west of Manchester and features a variety of beautiful hikes and trails for all abilities. There are a number of easy trails if you’re just looking for some gentle exploring, or you can attempt a more ambitious hike and take in Liverpool’s skyline from the top. There are cycling and mountain biking trails if you want to up the pace even more, and the stunning lake is the perfect spot to take a break and catch your breath.

Delamere Forest, Frodsham CW8 2HZ
Ivy Green & Chorlton Ees

You’ll find Ivy Green & Chorlton Ees not far from the heart of Chorlton, right on the banks of the River Mersey. The woods are maintained by Manchester City Council, and the well-kept pathways take you on a journey through wildlife very close to the heart of the city. The forest itself is dense and beautiful, and incredible to admire as you walk along its paths.

Ivy Green, Manchester M21 9FU
Worsley Woods

There’s lots to explore in Salford’s stunning Worsley Woods, with miles of trails and treks appropriate for both walking and biking. There’s also a huge array of wildlife and wildflowers – it was declared a local nature reserve in 2006 – so the flora and fauna are well protected. All the paths are well maintained and easy to navigate — but if it’s been raining, make sure to wear appropriate footwear, as it can get muddy.

Quarry Bank

National Trust site Quarry Bank is one of the best places near Manchester to visit if you want to take in some stunning scenery. If you follow the paths to the bottom of the valley, you’ll take in caves, cliffs and amazing trees, and there are also a number of maintained gardens that you can explore. The woodlands of Quarry Bank show off their finest fiery colours in autumn, so don’t miss them this season — just make sure to book before your visit.

Quarry Bank, Styal Road, Wilmslow SK9 4LA
Fri 6 Nov
Words:
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Fri 6 Nov 2020