At this time of year, there’s something really nice about wrapping the family up and going for a winter walk. Being stuck in the house all day is a recipe for boredom and I know if I don’t get my lot out at least once over the weekend, chaos will ensue. Finding family friendly walks isn’t always easy, but where is good to go and easy to get to from Manchester?
Having a dog means we are out a few times a day in the park or down by the river anyway, but packing a flask and some treats, clambering in the car and setting off to explore somewhere a little bit further afield can be a fun but budget day out. If you’ve got buggies to contend with too, finding good paths to push a pram along can make all the difference on a country walk.
With the help of some other Manchester based bloggers, I’ve gathered a list of good family walks in and around Manchester, each with a little write up or review, so you know just what to expect when you’re planning your walk. Some of them are in and around National Trust properties, so if you’ve got a membership card, it’s worth checking and taking it with you.
20 family friendly walks around Manchester
Abney Hall – a lovely little walk, pond dipping optional. Cafe and free parking.
Alderley Edge – magical walks, huge views across Cheshire and beyond and a little bit of folklore and magic too!
Boggart Hole Clough – is a large woodland and urban country park in Blackley, Manchester
Clayton Vale – is a natural wildlife habitat and a Local Nature Reserve.
Clifton Country Park – is a local nature reserve in the Irwell Valley at Clifton. Home to a fairytale trail!
Delamere Forest – managed by the Forestry Commission, there are recreational trails, a visitors centre and a cafe. There’s a nearby train station too.
Dovestones Reservoir – is on the very edge of the Peak District National Park and it a gorgeous place to walk with the family.
Dunham Massey – deer park, house and gardens. Lovely flat paths and lots to explore (National Trust).
Etherow Country Park – boating late, flat paths, cafe and good family walks to be had.
Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury – woodland walks, a botanical garden, a nature reserve, a great cafe and walks by the river. What more do you need?
Jumbles Country Park – reservoir, wooded walking paths, a cafe and year-round fishing.
Lyme Park – (National Trust) deer park, hall, mill and a brilliant playground, miles of walks and a cafe!
Macclesfield Forest – lovely woodland walks with views to match!
Rode Hall – snowdrop walks, bluebell walks and a regular farmers market, plus the best cafe ever!
Sandstone Trail, Cheshire – one of the most popular long distance walks in the North West.
Speke Hall – (National Trust) a Tudor manor house with a maze, woodland walk and gardens to explore.
Tandle Hill Country Park – is a large country park with woodland areas, sweepings views and a countryside centre.
Teggs Nose Country Park – explore the meadow, moor and woodland areas around the 380m high hill, ideal for walking and cycling.
Werneth Low Country Park – panoramic views are offered from this grassy hilltop, which also features a country park.
Yarrow Valley Country Park – 700 acre parkland with a lake, waterfall, adventure playground, cafe and a visitors centre.
I’ve made a map with every single walk I’ve mentioned above in it, so you can find everything easily. Just click on the map and away you go!
Don’t forget your flask and waterproofs, this is Manchester after all. Where are you going on your next walking adventure?