Greater Manchester’s great outdoors: 3 day-trips for less than £10


If you’re already sick of the traffic, red brick and the constant throng of students along Oxford Road, you probably need a break. And what better way to do this than out in the midst of the glorious English nature? Whether you’re looking for water, sky, or earth, this article covers them all, without breaking the bank.

Be sure to you snag yourself a 16-25 Railcard for only £30 a year (or for free if you’re with Santander bank!) to get yourself a third off all train tickets. If you’re looking to save even further, make sure to book train tickets at off-peak times.

So, grab your trainers and your curiosity, to discover some of the best outdoorsy day trips in Greater Manchester.

Note: all trains are from Manchester Piccadilly station.

Dovestone Reservoir, Oldham

Nestled on the border between Oldham and the Peak District, this breathtaking view of the English countryside is not to be missed. Pack a picnic to eat at Ashway Gap if the weather is decent, and catch a glimpse of the local wildlife, including the fastest bird in the world, the Peregrine Falcon. Whatever your wish, simply walking amongst the fresh air will clear your mind and leave you feeling calmer and refreshed, ready to tackle all that uni work.

Take the train to Greenfield station; it's only £3.90 for an off-peak open return (£5.90 without a railcard). With no entrance fee, and it being open at all times, just head on out whenever you need a break.

Alderley Edge

15 miles south of Manchester, this patch of land in Cheshire will give you some glorious panoramas of the English landscape. With an endless number of things to do, you'll probably want to take several trips to this one.

Trek up the hills to visit Mow Cop Folly, a famous architectural landmark in the area, or The Cloud, with its extensive landscape. Alternatively, climb up to The Edge, a red sandstone escarpment offering views of Cheshire, the Peak District, and even Manchester from its Northern side.

An off-peak, open return ticket to Alderley Edge station will only total to £5.55 (£8.40 without a railcard), from which you can then either walk or catch a bus.

Fairy Glen

When they say good things don't come easily, Fairy Glen is what they mean. Described as a 'hidden gem', this walking route in West Lancashire is a Biological Heritage Site running along Sprodley Brook. Located on Parbold Hill just above the village of Appleby Bridge, the walk will offer your heart and mind a day of peace as you soak up the wildlife and waterfalls around you; the best time to go is around Spring when the forest floor is awash with flowers.

From Appleby Station, the Glen is only five-minute walk away according to Google Maps, and for only £3.90 (or £5.90 without a railcard) for an open return, you truly cannot give this one a miss.

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