Winter Walks in South Manchester

7 festive walks to get you excited for winter.

Winter scene with fairy lights

Winter scene in the woods with fairy lights

One of the best things about the chilly season is the festive strolls. Wrapped up in a warm waterproof coat, walking through the crisp frosty grass, whilst the sun is shining and the air is fresh. These sound like the perfect conditions for a winter walk. 

Walks can often be perceived as ‘boring’ but once you visit one of these locations you will want to explore them all. Take a look at our selection of walks around South Manchester and pick the perfect one for you. Open your eyes to the sights of Manchester.

1. Dunham Massey - Altrincham

Located on the outskirts of Altrincham is where you’ll find Dunham Massey. Walking around the property will get you in the festive mood, as it decked out with Christmas lights- ensure you’re toasty and warm with a super-soft fleece. It will take you 2 hours to walk the entirety of the estate, whilst gazing at the deer and admiring the gardens. The terrain is flat all around, however, it is advised to stay on the footpath as the ground tends to get marshy when it rains - which is a lot. Turn this stroll into a day out by exploring ‘The Main House’ and treat yourself to some tea and cake at The Stables.

Length: 2 hours - but can be an all-day event.

Difficulty: Easy

2. Etherow Country Park - Stockport

Etherow Country Park is hidden between Marple and Romiley and it was one of Britain's first country parks. Enjoy the multiple walks and trails through the woods, along the lakes and past the waterfall. If you’re feeling adventurous you can go fishing, motor boating or sailing, if that doesn’t float your boat you can go bird watching as there are more than 100 species of birds around. Make sure you have your wellies on hand as it can get muddy in the woods, especially during the cold wet winter season.

Length: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

3. Tatton Park - Knutsford

Nestled within the heart of Knutsford lies Tatton Park. Drive through the deer park to reach the main property. There is something for everyone, whether you want to explore the Gardens, have fun in the adventure playground or look around the 18th century mansion (that will be decorated for Christmas), you won’t be bored for sure. During the festive period there will be a lot of fun activities for the family, including meeting Father Christmas and a foodies Christmas festival - don’t forget your gloves otherwise you won’t be able to hold your festive food! The walk around the grounds will take 2 hours and to finish it off you can pop into The Gardeners Cottage for a spot of afternoon tea.

Length:  2 hours - but can be an all-day event

Difficulty: Easy

4. The Wizard Walk - Alderley Edge

Walk into the woods, past the babbling brooks and along the path, to find yourself in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. There are many paths to take that will allow you to explore every inch of the woods, if you’re looking for a strenuous walk there’ll be a route for you, or if you just want a leisurely stroll, that can be done too. Keep a look-out for the mining remains and the breathtaking views of Alderley Edge from the well-known ‘The Edge’ - stay warm with a fleece lined gilet. Finish off your walk at The Wizard Inn and enjoy one of their many freshly baked cakes and a hot drink. 

Length: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

5. Lyme Park - Stockport

The majestic Lyme Park sits on the edge of the Peak District. Take a peaceful stroll through the rose garden and watch the deer run across the perfectly mowed lawns, the 1300 acre estate offers stunning views as well as park runs. The manor will be decorated with Christmas trees and lights, putting you in a festive mood straight away - make sure you throw on a base layer set, to keep you warm whilst exploring the gardens. The property was used in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth - you can even take a ‘pride and Prejudice route’ which will take you to the filming locations. Make sure you round up your walk at the Salting Room Tea Parlour and enjoy a festive afternoon tea - they have mince pies!

Length: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy 

6. Shutlingsloe - Macclesfield

A difficult walk but worth every second, be prepared with a pair of warm walking boots. The walk starts in the car park and through fields before you reach Macclesfield Forest. Enjoy a stroll on the gravel footpath whilst sheltered by the trees above, eventually you will see the striking peak. Once at the top of Shutlingsloe you can see views of Manchester, Cheshire and even Wales on a clear day. The descent is much easier and will lead you straight to the car park. Known for their carveries The Crag Inn will be sure to lure you in for a bite to eat after that long walk.

Length: 3 Hours

Difficulty: Hard

7. Mam Tor - Castleton

‘Mother Hill’ known as Mam Tor, is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District. The walk itself is pretty much uphill (towards Blue John Mines), however, once you reach the footpath you will shortly be at the summit. When at the top you will see the beautiful views of the Long Ridge and the Peak District - wrap up and keep cosy with a warm scarf and a woolly hat. After heading back down you can explore the quaint village of Castleton and treat yourself to a warm cup of luxury hot chocolate at the Cheshire Cheese Inn. 

Length: 4 Hours

Difficulty: Hard 

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