Hands down, autumn’s the best time of year for country walks. Layering up the knitwear, stepping out into the fresh open air, making the most of the few hours of sunlight we actually have; forget summer, autumn’s where it’s at.
Lucky for us, Manchester’s well linked when it comes to scenic walking destinations. It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling by train, tram, car, or bus – country walks in and around Manchester are so accessible.
As the weather’s turning, and the nights draw early, here’s where I make the most of the great outdoors during the cosy months of autumn.
Bruntwood Park, Stockport
100-acres of picturesque gardens, tons of recreational sport facilities, and one ace play area; no matter how old you are, Bruntwood Parks always a winner.
With a BMX track, golf course, football pitches, basketball nets and a play area for the kiddies, Bruntwood Parks an ideal place to visit if you’re looking for somewhere to spend a good few hours.
Getting to Brunwood Park
If you fancy a visit, you’ll find Bruntwood Park in the heart of Cheadle Hulme, around 10 miles away from central Manchester.
The park has onsite pay & display parking facilities, however the nearest train station is around 2.5km from the park entrance. If you’re travelling by bus, you can catch the 309 & 310 busses from Stockport.
Drive time from Manchester: 30 minutes
Bramhall Park, Stockport
Bramhall Parks vast Tudor manor house overlooks tranquil gardens, a stream and rugged forest, the perfect place for a quiet afternoon walk.
If you’re looking for things to do with the kids, Bramhall Park hosts a fenced off play area as well as large open spaces for them to roam. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be glad to know there’s a cosy onsite tea room (that does the best cake), and a quaint little artsy shop where you can go for a browse.
Getting to Bramhall Park
Situated around 13 miles from central Manchester, Bramhall Park has onsite parking facilities. If you’re traveling by bus, the 378, 307, or 308 services from Stockport run nearby to the park.
Drive time from Manchester: 36 Minutes
Dunham Massey, Manchester
A historical site, complete with tea rooms, ancient trees, historic stables and an 18th century house and gardens, Dunham Massey’s bursting with loads of things to see and do. Though access to the house and gardens are paid privileges, you can enjoy the park and see the deer completely free of charge.
Getting to Dunham Massey
Dunham Massey sits comfortably between tranquil Cheshire, and bustling Manchester, around 16 miles away from the city. If you’re travelling by bus, services regularly depart from Altrincham and Warrington, see the Dunham Massey official website for more information.
Drive Time from Manchester: 40 Minutes
Tatton Park, Cheshire
From the RHS flower show to the Passion for Power Classic Motor Show, Tatton Parks home to so many spectacular events throughout the year. There’s never a dull moment at Tatton Park, with an onsite rare breed petting farm, acres of open greenland, restaurant, country shop, gift shop and tuck shop; Tatton Park is full of things to do.
Getting to Tatton Park
Around 17 miles away from central Manchester, the park neighbours Knutsford train station, less than a mile away. If you’re travelling by bus you can hop on the 27 from Macclesfield, 88 from Altrincham or the 289 from Northwhich. For drivers, the park has onsite parking spaces free of charge. Drive Time from Manchester: 45 Minutes
Lyme Park, Stockport
I like to think of Lyme Park, as the Celeb of Manchester Parks. Not only for the 1300-acre estate, wild red deer, and Edwardian manor house. Oh no, no. Lyme Park’s one of the stunning locations used for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Collin Firth as Mr Darcy.
Getting to Lyme Park
Situated on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park’s easily accessible with direct trains from Manchester and Stockport (to Disley) or by car, an approximate 15 miles away from central Manchester.
Drive Time from Manchester: 54 Minutes
Reddish Vale Country Park, Stockport
A nice, easy and relaxing local country park, Reddish Vale’s a peaceful nature reserve home to countless breed of bird, an orchard and petting farm. With two ponds, and a flowing river, Reddish Vale’s an easy walk, and a great place to spend a good few hours of a day.
Getting to Reddish Vale Country Park
Just 6 miles away from central Manchester, Reddish Vale Country Park is super accessible with onsite parking, close bus stops from Stockport and Manchester and by train (to Reddish North).
Drive Time from Manchester: 25 Minutes
Highfield Country Park, Manchester
Nestled between Levenshulme and Reddish, Highfield Country park is made up of peaceful woodland, tucked well away from Manchester’s hustle and bustle. Spanning across 70 acres, Highfield Country Park is a place where dog walkers, kids and bike riders a like enjoy the great outdoors of Manchester.
Getting to Highfield Country Park
If you’re travelling by public transport, the 169, 173 and 192 busses stop within walking distance of the park. There’s no designated car park for drivers, though you’ll find plenty of street parking around the various entrances.
Drive Time from Manchester: 20 Minutes
Get Your Butt Out This Autumn!
While most of us hibernate our way through the autumn, getting out and exploring some of the best country parks Manchester has to offer, is so good for you. I feel refreshed and relaxed after a walk-even if I’ve only been out for an hour.
Now, lucky for you lovely people, this list will continue to grow- since it’s my favourite time of year for walking. So, keep tuned yeah? Awesome. Oh, and If there’s any walks in Manchester you’d recommend, give us a shout. Preferably somewhere that has a cafe, I’m a sucker for a brew! 🙂