The sun setting on Shutlingsloe, from Macclesfield Forest
The sun setting on Shutlingsloe, from Macclesfield Forest

Winter walks to try with a cosy pub in and around Greater Manchester

in Manchester News

These routes and trails encompass some of the regions finest beauty spots – each with a traditional pub to warm you up at the end

Forget hiding indoors this winter – some of the most picturesque places in the region are even better now the temperature has dropped.

Different light, frost covering the trees and a fresh chill in the air give a whole new perspective to some of Greater Manchester’s beauty spots.

From breathtaking treks to secluded trails and routes, there are plenty of places to stretch your legs this season.

And many of them include a country pub to help warm you up after a winter adventure.

So grab your big coat and your hat and scarf and get out and about in some of the most beautiful corners of Greater Manchester with our guide. 

Chadkirk Chapel and Estate, Stockport

This picturesque country park is set in a valley below Romiley, located on the River Goyt near Marple.

The leisurely walk around the estate includes a 60 acre farm, an old orchard, woodland and a 16th century chapel with an audio visual presentation on the history of the site.

The chapel is a hidden gem in Stockport, dating back to the 16th century, and the walkways around the estate are well maintained and well -signposted, with information boards explaining the history of the site.

Start at the Marple Hall ruins and the marked pathway follows the stream, leading around a field and a small wooded area with plenty of wildlife and wild flowers.

The Etherow Goyt Valley Way runs through the park, and if you fancy a pint after exploring the chapel and estate, there’s a good number of watering holes along the adjacent B6104.

The closest is the Spread Eagle, an 18th century pub with with nooks and crannies at every turn, cosy corners, comfy seating and roaring fires.

Their cask conditioned ales on tap are famous for being among the best in the area.

Macclesfield Forest

Situated in the picturesque Peak District National Park, Macclesfield Forest has a number of walking trails winding through its towering pines.

Routes range in difficulty from a gentle 1km (0.6 miles) green route through the nature reserve next to Trentabank Reservoir, to a more challenging 9km (5.6 miles) red route, taking you deeper into the forest on steeper path, rewarding you with beautiful views over the Cat and Fiddle Moors and the Cheshire Plains.

Once you’ve explored the woodland and looked out for its resident herd of red deer, make your way past Ridgegate Reservoir to the Leather’s Smithy, a cosy 18th century pub serving real ales, locally-distilled Forest Gin made from botanicals foraged nearby, and comforting pub grub.

You can download a walking map  from the Peak District website.

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