Great places for an au­tumn out­ing

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By DOMINIC SMITHERS news­desk@men-news.co.uk @DomSmither­sMEN

AU­TUMN has ar­rived – and there is no bet­ter time to en­joy the re­gion’s parks and wood­land.

Here are our favourite 10 places around Greater Manch­ester to en­joy a brisk walk and watch the leaves turn­ing...

LYME PARK, DISLEY

THIS his­toric hunt­ing es­tate is home to an an­cient deer herd, as well as pic­turesque views and rolling coun­try­side.

There are 16 acres of gar­dens to ex­plore, in­clud­ing the Ed­war­dian Rose Gar­den, wood­land and a ravine gar­den.

The 1,400 acre es­tate was fa­mously used to film the iconic BBC adap­ta­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice but al­though you’re un­likely to spot Mr Darcy, you might wit­ness the in­cred­i­ble sea­sonal spec­ta­cle of the deer rut­ting.

STORMY POINT, ALDERLEY EDGE

THE per­fect place to en­joy the dra­matic change in colours.

But be­fore this, have a stroll around the pic­turesque woods.

The Wiz­ard Walk takes you on a tour of lo­cal myth and leg­end.

A mile-long trail takes you past the Ar­mada Bea­con, a 4,000-yearold cop­per mine and Druids’ cir­cle be­fore ar­riv­ing at Stormy Point.

From here you can en­joy breath­tak­ing views across to­wards the Peak Dis­trict and Pen­nines.

TANDLE HILL, OLD­HAM

OLD­HAM’S old­est coun­try park, the 160-acre Tandle Hill is the per­fect spot for a stroll.

With a mix of wood­land, grass­land and a va­ri­ety of birds, you will have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to take some pho­tos.

The park over­looks Hig­gin­shaw vil­lage to the east, Roy­ton to the north and Old­ham cen­tre to the west and south.

And from the top you can en­joy views stretch­ing right across Manch­ester.

HEATON PARK, MANCH­ESTER

HEATON Park is the big­gest park in Manch­ester and the largest mu­nic­i­pal park in Europe.

Stretch­ing an in­cred­i­ble 600 acres, there is plenty of space to en­joy a long au­tumn walk and see the chang­ing au­tumn colours.

In the cen­tre of the park sits Heaton Park Hall and there are also play­grounds and wood­lands to ex­plore.

While there are no deer rut­ting in the grounds, there is an an­i­mal farm for you to visit.

ALEXAN­DRA PARK, WHALLEY RANGE

ORIG­I­NALLY opened in 1870, the 60-acre park un­der­went a £5m re­gen­er­a­tion scheme to bring it back to life.

The re­vamp saw a re­turn of many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures - in­clud­ing curved walk­ways, more flow­ers and shrubs and a re­stored drink­ing foun­tain and taber­na­cle.

With foot­ball pitches, chil­dren’s play ar­eas and a large lake, it’s a great spot to en­joy an au­tum­nal walk.

CHORL­TON WA­TER PARK, MANCH­ESTER

THIS South Manch­ester gem is great for fam­i­lies head­ing out for the day.

Spread across 170 acres, the lo­cal na­ture re­serve is filled with wind­ing paths and trails to ex­plore.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the M60 in the 1970s gravel was ex­ca­vated from the site. The land later flooded which cre­ated the lake that is cen­tral to the park.

Head out on to the River Mersey and the me­an­der­ing path will also take you down to the lush fields of Ivy Green.

The mix of grass and wood­land has splen­did colours.

BUILE HILL PARK, SAL­FORD

DAT­ING back more than 100 years, Buile Hill Park is another of our top spots for sea­sonal views.

Fam­i­lies look­ing to get out at the weekend will be able to en­joy a crisp au­tumn walk along the tree-lined paths that me­an­der through the park.

The 86-acre Grade II-listed park was also favourite of artist LS Lowry.

Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett is also be­lieved to have writ­ten The Se­cret Gar­den dur­ing one of her many vis­its to the Grade II-listed Buile Hill Man­sion.

CLAY­TON VALE, MANCH­ESTER

JUST out­side the city cen­tre, this pic­turesque stretch of park­land is another sea­sonal must.

Prior to the 1980s, the area was home to many build­ings from Bank Bridge Works and Tan­nery to The Smallpox Hos­pi­tal.

Fol­low­ing the Med­lock Val­ley Scheme, how­ever, the area was cleared and turned into a park.

Now af­ter three decades there is a semi-ma­ture for­est, which is home to black-and-white black­birds and squir­rels.

DUN­HAM MASSEY, TRAF­FORD

THIS 190-acre park, just two miles away from Al­trin­cham, has an ex­ten­sive wood­land gar­den.

The park is cen­tred around the Ge­or­gian Dun­ham Massey Hall, which was used as a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal dur­ing the First World War.

Like Lyme Park, Dun­ham is fa­mous for the deer that live on the es­tate and be­ing au­tumn you may get the chance to see more ‘rut­ting.’

FLETCHER MOSS, DIDSBURY

IF you want va­ri­ety then you can’t go wrong with Fletcher Moss Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.

Do­nated to the city of Manch­ester in 1915 by Al­der­man Fletcher Moss, the gar­dens are home to a va­ri­ety of un­usual plants and flow­ers.

Stretch­ing across 21 acres there is plenty of space to ex­plore, in­clud­ing Sten­ner Woods and the heather and rock gar­dens, and there are lots of or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties too.

Where is your favourite au­tumn beauty spot or walk? Let us know by email­ing news­desk@men-news.co.uk

Heaton Park

Chorl­ton Wa­ter Park

The Wiz­ard Tea Room at Stormy Point

Buile Hill Park

A squir­rel at Alexan­dra Park

Tandle Hill Woods

A deer at Dun­ham Massey

Lyme Park

Fletcher Moss Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

Clay­ton Vale

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