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Forget your urban preconceptions; there's plenty of great rural walking on the fringes of metropolitan Manchester.
  • The Pack Horse, Affetside nr Bury
    • Top o’ th’ Knotts (1¾ miles): A contouring farmland stroll with wide views over Bolton to Winter Hill.
    • Two Brooks Valley (3½ miles): Pleasant farmland walking with a pretty interlude along a wooded stream valley.
    • Jumbles Country Park (4 miles): Descend through flowery pastures and then circumnavigate a scenic wooded reservoir.
  • The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross
    • Haughton Dale (3 miles): Canal towpath and riverside walking in a wildlife-rich rural oasis, including a local nature reserve.
    • Back o’ th’ Hill (3¾ miles): Wide views, interesting corners, and a quiet stretch of canal towpath with a spooky tunnel.
    • Werneth Low (5 miles): Follow the Trans-Pennine Trail to a popular local landmark with extensive views.
  • The Grey Horse, Manchester
    • Manchester Mini-Trail (1½ miles): A short city-centre walking tour from a historic alehouse, featuring a mix of well-known landmarks and lesser curiosities.
  • The Hare and Hounds, Marple
    • Chadkirk Chapel (2 miles): A level walk full of interest, visiting a historic chapel, a holy well and a stretch of the River Goyt.
    • Goyt Hall and Chadkirk (3¾ miles): Along the Goyt to a historic half-timbered farmhouse, returning via the Peak Forest Canal and Chadkirk.
    • River Goyt & Marple Aqueduct (7¾ miles): A rewarding walk along varied waterways, featuring historic buildings and striking canal architecture.
  • The Oddfellows, Mellor
    • Mellor stroll (2 miles): Visit the intriguing ridge-top church of St Thomas the Apostle, and explore the stream-side village of Mellor.
    • Brook Bottom and Mill Brow (4 miles): Fine views, attractive stone-built hamlets and a pleasant stream-side interlude.
    • Roman Lakes and Cobden Edge (5 miles): Superb views, bird-rich lakes, historic buildings and a bracing climb to a hilltop cross amid gritstone quarries.
  • Mellor March, Mellor
    The Mellor March is an annual charity walk, starting from the Royal Oak in Mellor, held in May each year. See website for details.
    • The Mellor March (9¾ miles): An energetic charity walk through pretty valleys, stone-built villages and airy hillsides. Various hostelries en route. The Rowarth Loop, visiting the enigmatic Robin Hood's Picking Rods, extends the walk to 11 miles.
  • The Waggon and Horses, Stalybridge
    • Harrop Edge (1½ miles): An easy stroll round a nearby hill, with wide views over Manchester and the Dark Peak.
    • Wild Bank Hill (3¼ miles): A taste of heather moorland as you climb to the local trig-point, with wide views over Manchester.
    • Swineshaw Reservoirs & Wild Bank Hill (6½ miles): A longer walk featuring a scenic valley and a stiff climb to a fine moorland viewpoint.