Winter walks in and around Greater Manchester to enjoy this Christmas

The best walking trails across the region, if you're looking to get out of the house and into the great outdoors
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It may be a lot colder than the first lockdown – but now is still a great time to head out and rediscover our local green spaces.

And what better way to do that than with a nice, long walk on a crisp winter’s day?

While travelling may not be possible at the moment, outdoor clothing brand Regatta has put together a list of the best walking trails across the region, if you’re looking to get out of the house and into the great outdoors for a few hours.

Dunham Massey – Altrincham

Located on the outskirts of Altrincham you’ll find Dunham Massey.

Walking around the property will get you in the festive mood, as it is currently decked out with Christmas lights – although you’ll have to book tickets, as well as following current advice not to mix with other households.

It will take you two hours to walk the entirety of the estate, whilst gazing at the deer and admiring the gardens.

The terrain is flat all around, however, it is advised to stay on the footpath as the ground tends to get marshy when it rains – which is a lot. 

Length: 2 hours – but can be an all-day event.

Difficulty: Easy

Etherow Country Park – Stockport

Etherow Country Park is hidden between Marple and Romiley and it was one of Britain’s first country parks.

Enjoy the multiple walks and trails through the woods, along the lakes and past the waterfall.

There’s also the perfect opportunity to go bird watching, as there are more than 100 species of birds around.

Make sure you have your wellies on hand as it can get muddy in the woods, especially during the cold wet winter season.

Length: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Lyme Park – Disley

The majestic Lyme Park sits on the edge of the Peak District.

Take a peaceful stroll through the rose garden and watch the deer run across the perfectly mowed lawns – the 1300 acre estate offers stunning views as well as park runs.

The manor is currently closed due to government guidelines, but was used in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth – and when it’s open you can even take a ‘Pride and Prejudice route’ which will take you to the filming locations. 

Length: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy 

The Wizard Walk – Alderley Edge

Walk into the woods, past the babbling brooks and along the path, to find yourself in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

There are many paths to take that will allow you to explore every inch of the woods. If you’re looking for a strenuous walk there’ll be a route for you, or if you just want a leisurely stroll, that can be done too.

Keep a look-out for the mining remains and the breathtaking views of Alderley Edge from the well-known ‘The Edge’.

Length: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Tatton Park – Knutsford

Nestled within the heart of Knutsford lies Tatton Park. Drive through the deer park to reach the main property.

There is something for everyone, whether you want to explore the gardens, have fun in the adventure playground or look around the 18th century mansion (if it’s allowed to be open), you won’t be bored for sure.

The walk around the grounds will take 2 hours and to finish it off you can pop into The Gardeners Cottage for a spot of afternoon tea.

Length:  2 hours – but can be an all-day event

Difficulty: Easy

Shutlingsloe – Macclesfield

A difficult walk, but worth every second.

The walk starts in the car park and through fields before you reach Macclesfield Forest. Enjoy a stroll on the gravel footpath whilst sheltered by the trees above, eventually you will see the striking peak.

Once at the top of Shutlingsloe you can see views of Manchester, Cheshire and even Wales on a clear day.

The descent is much easier and will lead you straight to the car park. 

Length: 3 Hours

Difficulty: Hard

Mam Tor – Castleton

‘Mother Hill’ known as Mam Tor, is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District.

The walk itself is pretty much uphill (towards Blue John Mines), however, once you reach the footpath you will shortly be at the summit.

When at the top you will see the beautiful views of the Long Ridge and the Peak District.

After heading back down you can explore the quaint village of Castleton. 

Length: 4 Hours

Difficulty: Hard 

Photos courtesy of Regatta.

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