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                                                                 THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING

                                                                                WRITTEN BY S.J Cole

Living in Manchester for over twenty years. I have had the opportunity to experience some of the wonderful walkways and scenic areas available to one and all out door and nature lovers.  Greater Manchester and surroundings towns  have a long history  some dating back to and beyond the industrial revolutions . the city town planners have done well to preserve many of the original settings and have created and improved many areas for our delights.

take a walk along the picturesque Trans pennine way walk for hours and enjoy the beauty and tranquil of an area landscape for pure peace of mind.spend a day in the the village of worsley or travel to wigan visit the pier or arley hall. saddle worth moor is famous maybe for all the wrong reason but why not redress that balance and go bike or horse riding on saddle worth horse and bike trail or take a walk on the saddle worth circle. Rivington , Middlewood South Pennine , Manchester green walkway Stretford Meresey valley hike. with as many parks and link walk ways linking towns villages and beauty spots finding somewhere to go in and around Manchester is a very easy task

TransPennine Trail


The Trans Pennine Trail is a long-distance path running from coast to coast across Northern England entirely on surfaced paths and using only gentle gradients (it runs largely along disused railway lines and canal towpaths). It forms part of European walking route E8 and is part of the National Cycle Network as Route 62 (referencing the M62 motorway which also crosses the Pennines).

Worsly Village

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Worsley is an affluent suburban area in the metropolitan borough of Salford, Greater Manchester, England, which in 2014 had a population of 10,090. It lies along Worsley Brook, 5.75 miles west of Manchester. The M60 motorway bisects the area.

This 3-mile circular walk around Worsley takes in the picturesque village, the Bridgewater Canal with its fascinating heritage, and explores the rich woodland area of Worsley Woods. Along the way, you will along the Bridgewater Canal. A walk along the banks of the canal is a journey to the past and a glimpse into the future.

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Etherow Country Park Woodland and Waterways


Etherow Country Park is situated at Compstall, England, between Marple Bridge and Romiley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, Greater Manchester. It is a Local Nature Reserve and the starting point of the Goyt Way. It was one of England's first country parks.


Etherow Country Park lies at the heart of the Etherow/Goyt Valley and was one of Britain's first country parks. It's one of the most widely visited parks in Stockport. Its 240 acres of greenspace offers a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

The park is home to over 200 species of plants and more than 100 species of birds. Access to the nature is strictly by permit only.

There are facilities for sailing, motor boating and angling.

If you're planning a trip to Etherow Country Park, download the nature walk guide (PDF 708Kb). This will help you make the most of your day. There are light refreshments available to purchase in the café.

Wigan Pier to Appley Bridge


An unchallenging walk starting at the iconic Wigan Pier and meandering through the Douglas Valley, with a return by train. This is a lovely canal-side trail mixing attractive and rich natural industrial heritage. About 2/3 of the way into the walk, and just after you pass under the M6 motorway, you will come across a lovely cottage – Dean Wood Lock Houses – positioned besides a large lock system.

An unchallenging walk starting at the iconic Wigan Pier and meandering through the Douglas Valley, with a return by train. This is a lovely canal-side trail mixing attractive and rich natural industrial heritage


Mersey Valley Streford Ees 

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An area of open rough grassland with grazing cattle. There are self guided walks from 3 to 5 km following the yellow arrows marked 3. Car parking is available on Hawthorne Lane Stretford. Access to the site is from Hawthorne Lane or from Barfoot Bridge. There are no facilities on site, the nearest refreshments and toilets are at Stretford Arndale 1 mile away and Deckers Restaurant at Sale Water Park 2 miles away.

Towers and Turrets


The Last Drop Village hotel and spa complex stands high above Bolton on the edge of the hills and makes an excellent starting point for this walk across a scenic golf course, over one bridge of towers and turrets (one of which can be climbed) and past another, through woods to the attractive village of Chapeltown. You visit two reservoirs offering extensive views and linked by a delightful wooded gorge with a rippling stream.

Along the way, look out for Turton Tower, a house that has been evolving over the last 600 years. From a stone tower house in the 1400s to the home of the Tudor Orrell and, later, the Victorian Kay Families, Turton Tower has been altered and adapted to suit the needs and tastes of those who lived here. It is because of these changes that Turton Tower is of national importance and unique in Northwest England. Today it still captures the spirit of those ages and displays some of the finest paintings and furniture in the region. Visit the Turton Tower website to find out details of opening times and entry fees.

Although the walking on this route is straightforward, it may be advisable to use the relevant Ordnance Survey map (287 West Pennine Moors) or the OS mapping app.


Saddleworth Cycle and Riding Trail


Wind your way along the Roman roads and pack horse trails taking in the ever changing moorland colours of this dramatic landscape

Wigan Pier to Arley Hall

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This is a canal-side trail rich in natural history and heritage. Starting at the iconic Wigan Pier, the trail takes you along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and up Wigan’s famous flight of 23 locks to Top Lock. Then on through the wonderful and picturesque Haigh Plantations on your way to historic Arley Hall.

Hadrian's Wall Path


The Hadrian's Wall Path is a long-distance footpath in the north of England, which became the 15th National Trail in 2003. It runs for 84 miles, from Wallsend on the east coast of England to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast


great parks to visit

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