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Best trails in Greater Manchester

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Trying to find the best Greater Manchester trails? AllTrails has 221 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Manchester, Stockport or Bolton, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 122 easy trails in Greater Manchester ranging from 0.6 to 11.8 miles and from 19 to 1,528 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Dove Stone Reservoir Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Note: As of September 18, 2020 users have reported that the art of the track around Yeoman Hey Reservoir is not accessible - a huge message saying "Danger, Shooting in progress, Footpath temporarily closed". Instead you can cross over between the reservoirs and take a route up (quite steep), it will lead you back to the main track. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Parking is pay-and-display, unless you are a Blue Badge holder or RSPB member. Parking cost: 60 pounds/3 hours, or 1.30 pounds for the day. Amazing walk with stunning views, a waterfall, and rock formations. Note that the scramble to the waterfall may be difficult for some. Users report that this trail does get packed during peak hours.Show more
#2 - Greenbooth Reservoir Circular Walk
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h
#3 - Greenfield Waterfall
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Note: As of September 26, 2020, users have reported that you can't complete the whole route as the path is closed off due to shooting. This is a beautiful trail with great views at the top! It can get very boggy and wet in places, so waterproof boots are highly recommended! Be careful as it is rocky when climbing the waterfall with no visible path at times. Show more
#4 - Fairy Glen Loop Trail
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Note: Users have reported that the entrance off A5209 is currently closed. However the loop is accessible from other access points.Show more
#5 - Dovestones Reservoir and Yeoman Hey Reservoir
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Dovestones is a hidden gem not far from Manchester on the edge of the Peak District. It has a good path suitable for wheelchairs around the main reservoir which is two and a half miles to walk around alone. Other paths lead up the hillside where you can enjoy tougher, longer walks with better views. Recently a lot of signposts have been installed to improve health and safety and remind people not to drop litter and to keep their dog's on a lead around sheep.Show more
#6 - Jumbles Reservoir Circuit
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
A circular walk from Jumbles Country Park near Bolton in Greater Manchester, close to the border with Lancashire. The walk leads you on an extended route around Jumbles Reservoir and along the southern edge of Wayoh Reservoir. In the annuls of reservoir building Jumbles is a latecomer, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971. Today it is a truly delightful amenity for sailing, fishing and of course walking as this route will demonstrate. The terrain is relatively easy, with a few short climbs. It follows a mixture of surfaced tracks, parkland paths, village pavements and unmade paths through fields and pastures. You will need to negotiate footbridges, steps, gates, kissing gates and a level crossing. Dogs are welcome in the country park. You may come across livestock (including cattle) in some of the pastures, but these pastures can be avoided by following the shorter version of the walk. There is a cafe, toilets and information centre in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 3 hours. Show more
#7 - Pennington Flash
Leigh, Greater Manchester, England
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
A birdwatching walk around Pennington Flash in Pennington Country Park where 230 bird species have been recorded. There's many alternative routes around the flash. Make sure you visit the feeding station in Bunting Hide.Show more
#8 - Wessenden Moor and Butterley Reservoir Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
#9 - Winter Hill and Rivington Pike
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 3 m
A good circular walk from Rivington Barn up to the Dove Cote, then on to the transmitters at Winter Hill, returning via Rivington Pike and the GardensShow more
#10 - Macclesfield Canal and Lyme Park
Lyme Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
An easy-going, circular pleasant walk along the Macclesfield Canal and through the grounds of Lyme Park in Cheshire. The stretch along the canal is buggy and wheelchair friendly, but along the remainder of the route you will need to negotiate narrower grassy paths, several types of stiles and gates. A footbridge over a stream and a fairly steep set of wooden steps are also sited along the route. On the whole, the paths are well-made and easily recognised. The path through the woodland could be muddy after wet weather. The route is suitable for dogs that can manage a wall-stile and the fence gap in a second stile (see gallery photo), but they should remain on a lead as some fields may contain livestock. Toilets can be found in the car park and in the grounds of Lyme Park, near the lake or just inside the entrance to the house. Refreshments can be found at the beginning of the walk on the canal wharf and also at the stables near the lake at Lyme Park and also just inside the house entrance. Picnic tables are available around the lake area in the park and a large play area for the children is situated just behind the stables complex. A small visitor centre is located in the car park which gives a history of mining and the canal of this area.Show more
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