Below is a list of the top and leading Hiking Trails in Manchester. To help you find the best Hiking Trails located near you in Manchester, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Manchester’s Best Hiking Trails:
The top rated Hiking Trails in Manchester are:
- 3 Peaks Challenge Package – shows people the beauty of the mountains and countryside
- Fletcher Moss Park – is a wide network of paths around the area
- Philips Park, Prestwich – is also the home of Bury’s first mountain bike trail
- Clayton Vale – is open from dawn to dusk
- Chorlton Water Park – is a Local Nature Reserve comprising a lake surrounded by grasslands and woodlands
3 Peaks Challenge Package
3 Peaks Challenge Package was originally started because they wanted to share its passion for mountain walking and desire to show people the beauty of the mountains and countryside. They originally provided transport for these types of events but quickly realised the 3 Peaks Challenge could be vastly improved with a little bit of know-how. That is why to have the right people providing support, offering huge enthusiasm for the challenges, and its knowledge of the National Parks is increasing year on year. They have assisted and guided dozens of groups through this life-changing experience and you can rely on their knowledge and expertise to ensure your event is enjoyable from start to finish.
24 Hour Challenges, 3 Day Challenges, Charity Guide
“Amazing day all the walkers and runners did amazing.” – Leanne J.
Fletcher Moss Park
Fletcher Moss Park is a wide network of paths around the area around the Gardens, through Stenner Woods, round Millgate Fields, and along the river Mersey. Much of the area is a Local Nature reserve and there is a variety of wildlife to see and vistas to enjoy. At first, finding your way around can be a little confusing, and a map of the area might help. One of the most satisfying activities that the friends’ group supports are regular volunteering sessions, both in Fletcher Moss Park and in Parsonage Gardens. The entrance is free. Dog restrictions apply in some signed areas.
Activities, Events, Wildlife, Membership
“A really beautiful place. We visit this place often. A place for a good long walk. The garden is really awesome. It kept in a very natural way.” – The Coleins
Philips Park, Prestwich
Philips Park, Prestwich is also the home of Bury’s first mountain bike trail and first Countryside Centre. The Environmental Summer Play Scheme is based at the Barn Countryside Centre and uses various locations around the LNR. The playscheme offers local children the chance to experience the environment and its wildlife on their doorstep with a varied programme of activities including pond dipping, mini-beast safaris and environmental games. In terms of heritage and wildlife, Philips Park is the Borough’s most important part. It is now Bury’s largest LNR and the first to be officially declared, in October 1999.
Bike Trail, Countryside Centre, Wildlife
“Great local mountain bike trails. Also has a nice little park for children and open field space for activities. Never too busy whenever I’ve been which is a bonus” – Faye C.
Clayton Vale is open from dawn to dusk. Facilities are children’s play area, a visitors centre with toilets, a pond, a conservation area with a dipping platform, angling. Once the ash tip for east Manchester’s power station, it was greened up in the 1980s and since recent investment, is a key green space within the Medlock River Valley. Clayton Vale is a Local Nature Reserve and is a great place for families to enjoy woodland and riverside walks, cycling, picnicking, or pond dipping.
Walks, Cycling, Picnicking, Pond dipping.
“Beautiful park, underused. Hidden away in the barn area. It is a little stretch of nature, a mini paradise. Fab for walking dogs.” – Sharon G.
Chorlton Water Park
Chorlton Water Park is a Local Nature Reserve comprising a lake surrounded by grasslands and woodlands. There is a car park, a small playground, picnic benches, and a network of accessible paths. It is a Local Nature Reserve and stands on the site of Barlow Hall Farm. During the construction of the M60 motorway in the 1970s gravel was excavated from the site. The gravel pit was subsequently flooded creating the lake that is central to the Water Park now.
Car Park, Small Playground, Picnic Benches
“Excellent range of walks. Loop around the lake only takes 15-20mins., But there are longer walks available. The children’s play space was open with appropriate guidelines. Excellent place to visit.” – Andrew P.