The 6 best views of the Manchester Hills

There is nothing more rewarding than a breathtaking view after a long, difficult walk.

Going for a walk is good and that but if you don’t walk towards a goal that is visually spectacular and that gives you that well-deserved gratification, what’s the point ???

With things looking as uncertain as they are this week, we all need some relaxing walks that come with the mini realization of the perfect view and the opportunity for a crunchy Instagram piccy, isn’t it? this not!

Handily Manchester has a crisp skyline and plenty of surrounding hills to get some fabulous, bloody vistas.

Hartshead pike
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hartshead Pike is about as well known as Ikea if you’ve been to this side of Manchester you’ve probably been there at least once on a school trip. With that in mind, you probably know everything I’m about to say, but in case you forgot, I’ll jog your memory. Built in the 18th century, the Pike isn’t actually the highest part of the hill, but you can get stunning views ranging from the Pennine moorlands to the east, North Wales to the west and north to Pendle Hill.

Weekend Walks: Hartshead Pike

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Werneth low
Hyde
Part of the Pennines, Werneth Low sits on the border of Stockport and Tameside and offers stunning panoramic views of Greater Manchester. On a clear day you might also spot Winter Hill (another for a good walk on the other side of Manchester). From the southwest end of the hill you can also see the Jodrell Bank Observatory Telescope.

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Peel Tower
Bury
The well-known monument was erected in homage to Sir Robert Peel (founder of the Police Force and former Prime Minister). You can see North Wales from the top of it. If you start at Ramsbottom Station, you can take a 2-3 hour circular walk around the area to really get a feel for Bury.

Crompton Moor & Grains Bar
Oldham
The site is known for its wildlife and is a frequent haunt for bird watchers looking for kestrels and many other birds of which I know nothing. There are many trails and the viewpoint offers picturesque views of the surrounding countryside with the city in the background. There is also a hidden waterfall near the parking lot.

Weekend walks: Cereal bar

File: Kinder Resv. Circular Walk, via Kinder Low, Boe Stool, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Scout, Fairbrook Naze Black Ashop Moor ^ William Clough - panoramio.jpg

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Kinder down
Peak District
Sitting on the set of Kinder Scout, it would be rude not to include this one in the list. It is technically Derbyshire, but it has absolutely stunning views over our town when you get to the top. You will also be able to see Winter Hill Bolton and up to the Snowdonia Mountains on a clear day. A million and two rides to choose from here so I’ll let you do the footwork!

David Dixon / Geographer

Winter hill
Chorley
Winter Hill is the highest point in the West Pennines and you know what that means – HILL.TOP.VIEWS. You can even catch a glimpse of Blackpool Tower from the Pike on a very clear day and, of course, stunning views over the city center and North Wales!

Weekend Walks: Winter Hill

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