Great places for an autumn outing
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.
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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
Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens