There are a number of lovely country trails and parks within the areas Manchester. The most impressive walking areas lie among the moors of the Pennine Hills curving from north to south east around the city.
Manchester travel, UK Tourist Attractions
Eight miles due north of the city centre midway between Bury and Rochdale on the B622 lie the lovely woods of Ashworth Valley rising past the excellent Egerton Arms pub on School Lane, to Owd Betts on the A680. The Manchester walk along Cheesden Brook which leads off north west from the main valley is filled with an empty grandeur and the remnants of former industry made gentle by the passage of time. Knowl Moor and Hill, north again, provide wonderful viewpoints.Sun Pictures
Two and a half miles north west of Rochdale where the B6377 meets the A671 is the romantic, rocky chasm of Healey Dell with its disused but spectacular railway viaduct along which you can walk. There is easy access to the open moors here and at the lonely Watergrove Reservoir above the old Manchester tourism stone built village of Wardle, north east of Rochdale. Further round again and on the B6255 lies Hollingworth Lake, an extremely pleasant location. Almost a mini-resort with its boatyard and amusement arcade, this was formerly called the Weaver's Seaport, as those who didn’t have the time to make it to Blackpool would spend their rare days off 'at t’lake'.