We’ve taken all the hard work out of finding the best and most beautiful walks for you and your family to enjoy, whilst also keeping little legs in mind. Here is a handy roundup of ideas near you.
Kersal Wetlands is a 3.1km set trail loop just off Littleton Road, and allows you to enjoy lots of local wildlife and views of the River Irwell, while staying away from the busy city and loud traffic. Dogs should be kept on a lead for this one, though!
Check out the scenery here: https://youtu.be/h_c1FsJbSVc
(Littleton Rd, Salford M6 6GZ)
Clifton Country Park situated in the Irwell Valley brings the countryside to the heart of the city. There’s a range of open woodlands, meadows and lakeside walks to enjoy, as well as a play area and picnic site.
(Clifton House Rd, Clifton, Salford M27 6NG)
Buile Hill Park is the largest and one of the most popular in Salford and features a children’s play area and a tree trail.
(Eccles Old Rd, Salford M6 8GL)
Greenbooth Reservoir off Greenbooth Road in Norden offers a slightly longer 6.3km circular loop walk around a lake and is perfect for spotting nature, but isn’t great for pushchairs. This one is ideal for longer legs. It can get a bit muddy too, so wellies are definitely recommended!
(Greenbooth reservoir car park, Rochdale, OL12 7TL)
Hollingworth Lake is great for a stroll and is buggy friendly. Up for a challenge? Take a longer walk in the surrounding hills and refresh with a drink from their cafe afterwards, which is still offering a takeaway service.
(Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough, Rochdale OL15 0AQ)
Pennington Flash Nature Reserve is home to over 230 species of birds and offers a range of footpaths around the lake and woodlands, with a variety of short and long walking trails to choose from. Car parking is £1.50 and the site also includes a play area.
(Leigh, WN7 3UG)
Mesnes Park is a ‘jewel nestled on the edge of Wigan town centre’! This site offers pretty gardens, fountains and a play area- great for young families to explore.
(Mesnes Park Terrace, Wigan WN1 1TU)
(Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4RU)
Moses Gate Country Park is a large nature reserve with miles of scenic woodlands and walks along the waterside. There is also a bird hideout, so shhhh… and get spotting!
(Hall Ln, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7QS)
Jumbles Reservoir is an easy and flat route ideal for pushchairs and is also recommended for dogs too. It has a small but free car park that you can make use of.
(Bradshaw Road, Bolton, BL2 4JS)
Take a look around here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNAxFJynZ-0
Burrs Country Park is located near the banks of the River Irwell and is home to a variety of different wildlife habitats. Park up for free and take a woodland or riverside walk, or spot the trains pulling into East Lancashire Railway station!
(Burrs Country Park, Woodhill Road (bottom end), Bury, BL8 1DA)
Etherow Country Park is located in Compstall village. Park up for £1 every 2 hours or £3 for the day. The site is home to lots of birds and geese that often hang around the park (probably waiting for crumbs from the café).
(George Street Compstall, Stockport SK6 5JD)
Woodbank Memorial Park & Nature Trail is ideal for a leisurely stroll in wide open spaces. There are footpaths at the park but the trail walk gets a bit muddy and is around 2.5 miles long. Two car parks are also available at the site.
(Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport, SK1 4JR)
Hyde Park has something for all ages and is located near Hyde Town. There’s a good mix of woodland and footpaths which are more ideal for buggies, as well as plenty of open areas and benches.
(15 Clarendon St, Hyde SK14 2EL)
Daisy Nook Country Park sits on the border of Tameside and Oldham and boasts 40 hectares of woodlands, meadows, waterways and a lake. The canal towpath offers pushchair access in some areas. This one makes a great day out. Download their walking guide here.
Check out some highlights from the park! https://youtu.be/fDyHj2bn81U
(Daisy Nook Country Park, Off Stannybrook Road, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 9WJ)