There is something about Autumnal crisp walks, especially when the skies are super blue and the colourful leaves are falling.
With the majority of our time being spent at home indoors at the moment, it’s important we take some time to get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors.
Greater Manchester undoubtedly has some of the best walks in the North West with some stunning jaw-dropping views.
Make some time for these stunning walks this winter season and enjoy a nice warm mulled wine after – it is the season after all!
Saddleworth Cycle & Horse Trail
Considered to be the posher part of Oldham, Saddleworth is located on the cusp of the Pennines, with stunning landscapes, beautiful nature and some of the best walks Greater Manchester has to offer.
You’re in true God’s Country here, with the valley stretching all around you. I also highly recommend a walk down the canal in Diggle, and if they’re open – a visit
to the excellent Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream for a scoop or five.
Download a trail map here.
Located in the heart of good old Bolton, Rivington is a large rural area full of some of the most stunning woodland views. With impressive stone-built stairs and outbuildings and the shabby waterfall cascading slowly down the rock face it’s not what you expect to see in Bolton, more like Bali (maybe that’s a little extreme), especially with the charming views of the Japanese inspired pond & gardens.
Keep on winding upwards and your goal will come clearly into view, the landmark Grade II listed Pike Tower sitting proudly at the summit. It’s definitely a climb, but it’s worth it, especially when you get to see the views at the top, and for the insta obv.
A short trip from east Stockport you’ll find a peaceful walk and a very charming chapel. For anybody who’s local to Stockport will know that it’s not exactly country walk territory, however just 10 minutes out the way you’ll find Chadkirk Chapel and Estate.
The walk itself is pretty easy and certainly children and dog friendly! During this time of year all the leaves are falling and if you look up the colours are beautiful.
Derwent Reservoir, The Peak District, the walk itself is a whopping 16KM however if you’re short for time there is the option to rent bikes to speed things up a little. Not only stunning views, but there’s also a little history held at Derwent Res, about 10 minutes into the walk you’ll pass The Howden Dam, used by Lancaster Bomber pilots to practise bombing runs and targeting.
They also created the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ for the 1943 raid of the dams on the German Ruhr. Wrap up for this one, with being right on the water you’ll need hat, scarfs, gloves, the lot!
Heading a little further up North, just past Bolton, you’ll find The Entwistle Reservoir. On a crisp autumnal sunny day, you’ll feel like you’ve just hopped off a plane and landed in Canada, no joke.
The views over the water are completely breath-taking. Surrounded by rows and rows of woodland and trees the walk is only around 2.5miles long. A quick heads up, it can be super busy at the weekends and the parking can be a little manic so either get their early or park a little further up the road.
Whilst you’re there grab yourself some serious pub grub and a pint from The Starbury Duck just 5 minutes up the road.
These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas
This will get you in the festive spirit!
Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.
Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.
Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.
This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.
The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.
Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.
This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.
The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.
Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening
This will be mint!
Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.
While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.
Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.
The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.
Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.
This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.
Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.
Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.
The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.
Happy Mondays and James to go on huge arena tour together in 2021
Two massive names on the Manchester music scene have announced they will be reuniting for a huge arena tour in 2021.
The gigs in 2021 will mark the first time the two bands have performed together in more than three decades.
They will be heading to Manchester AO Arena on December 3rd, as well as venues in Leeds, Dublin, London and other cities too!
Tim Booth, lead singer of James, said they will be packing ‘two years of frustration’ into the gigs.
James will be supported by fellow Factory label mates, Happy Mondays, including Shaun Ryder and Bez making a return to the stage.
James, formed in 1982, has released 15 studio albums and have consistently had chart-topping success with more than 20 million albums sales.
Tim Booth said: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.
“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope.
“We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”
Tickets for James with special guests Happy Mondays go on general sale November 20th. Get tickets here.
The full tour dates for next year:
Thursday, November 25th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday, November 26th – Birmingham Utilita Arena
Sunday, November 28th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday, November 30th – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday, December 1st – Dublin 3Arena
Friday, December 3rd – Manchester AO Arena
Saturday, December 4th – London The SSE Arena, Wembley