Manchester is home to some of the UK’s best nightlife, but it is also home to some of the most spectacular natural beauty the UK has to offer. Head to the Peak District – loved by many for its breath-taking views – and wild camp among stunning ancient landscapes. Enjoy high moorland plateaus in the north, or deep dales and rolling green hills in the south – wherever you choose to go within the Peak District, it is a walker’s paradise. Hike up it’s vast expanse of hills – like Mam Tor, where you can enjoy fantastic views over the Peak District and all the way to Manchester – and feel like you’re standing on top of the world as you take in spectacular views.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you delve into the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and perfect for peacefully remote walking and cycling. Enjoy the charming view of expanses of sky spread above dramatic sweeps of open moorland. Explore the uniquely captivating landscape as you walk – from gentle and tidy lowlands criss-crossed with dry stone walls, to picturesque farms and villages. Let the soothing sounds of the local wildlife lull you to sleep under a canopy of stars.
Head to Southport and revel in the feeling of sand between your toes and the smell of the sea breeze. Marvel at all-encompassing coastal views as you stand at the end of the country’s second longest pier. Enjoy the peace, tranquillity and relaxation of a coastal walk along a sandy 22-mile shore in one of the most unique natural environments in the country. Delve into fascinating shipwrecks and prehistoric footprints which lay trapped in sediment beds on Crosby beach.
Fall in love with paths that trail through dunes as you uncover a plethora of flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the famous red squirrel as you take in the sight of the beautiful Formby beach, encompassed by dramatic dunes on one side and sweeping pine woods on the other. Delve into fascinating shipwrecks and prehistoric footprints which lay trapped in sediment beds on Crosby beach. Head to Marshside RSPB, a haven for bird-watchers, to spot nesting birds like avocets, lapwings, pink footed geese and wigeons.