10 Nature & Wildlife Areas in Greater Manchester That You Shouldn't Miss

May 16, 2022 Darleen Reid

Discover the best top things to do in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom including Eastwood RSPB Reserve, Red Lumb Fishery, Saddleworth Moor, Doffcocker Lodge, Fairy Glen, Tandle Hill Country Park, Reddish Vale Country Park, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary, Dovestone Resevoir, Borsdane Wood.
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1. Eastwood RSPB Reserve

off Mottram Road Mottram Road, Hyde SK14 8BL England +44 1270 610180
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5.0 based on 3 reviews

Eastwood RSPB Reserve

2. Red Lumb Fishery

Lower Red Lumb Farm Red Lumb Red Lumb Village, Rochdale OL12 7TX England +44 7989 414492 https://www.facebook.com/Redlumbtroutfishery
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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Red Lumb Fishery

3. Saddleworth Moor

Saddleworth Moor, Manchester England
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Saddleworth Moor

4. Doffcocker Lodge

248 Markland Hill Lane, Bolton BL2 6DH England +44 1204 663754
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Doffcocker Lodge

Reviewed By Yorshirerose - Bolton, United Kingdom

A level 20 minute walking path round a wild bird water sanctuary. A bit muddy and bitterly cold in winter and can get overgrown in summer, it gives give delightful views over open water. Expect a lot of wet dogs off the lead. No facilities other than car parking and the odd bench, but the Hope and Anchor pub at the bottom end provides a warm welcome.

5. Fairy Glen

Hall Ln, Appley Bridge, Wigan WN6 9EQ England +44 1695 622794 [email protected] https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/leisure-recreation/parks-and-countryside/parks-and-countryside-sites/fairy-glen-appley-bridge.aspx
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4.5 based on 220 reviews

Fairy Glen

Serene forest area featuring tree-shaded hiking trails & a stream with picturesque cascades. However please do not drive to visit this site. There is no car park at Fairy Glen and on-street parking is very limited. Local police will penalise people who park illegally/irresponsibly on the surrounding roads. If you are looking for a more suitable family day out in the local area then the scenic Beacon Country Park has ample parking and a wide range of facilities catering for all ages.

Reviewed By NorthStar180219

It's just a little 20 minute walk, with a small waterfall and pleasant farmland nearby, lots of wild garlic in summer. I live nearby. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there otherwise unless you can combine with something else. There are no facilities or information boards.

6. Tandle Hill Country Park

Tandle Hill Road, Oldham OL2 5UX England +44 161 627 2608 http://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200393/parks_countryside_and_canals/708/tandle_hill_country_park
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Tandle Hill Country Park

Reviewed By stevenb108 - Oldham, United Kingdom

The weather has picked up,i hate walking in the rain,so after setting off from Chadderton,I'd decided on Tandle Hills. It takes me just over an hour of walking to get there,from Royton, Rochdale road looks so long,then you turn onto Tandle Hill road & that's another long walk,it may have been cold,but by now i've warmed up. Reaching the gates,my final goal was the monument up at the top,this looks out all across Oldham,Rochdale,Manchester & a far,especially on a good clear day.(this wasn't one) Then it's only one way & that's down,i took the steps,careful when wet,when you reach the bottom, still a few different ways to go. On this occasion while i was heading back,i had two deer run out in front of me,i never knew they were up there.. Making my way back,plenty of others walking & using the park. There is a cafe,with outdoor seating,but today it was closed,take your own it's probably cheaper.. Overall at this current time it's a place to let your problems & thoughts blow in the breeze.

7. Reddish Vale Country Park

Reddish Vale Road Mill Lane, Reddish, Stockport SK5 7HE England +44 161 477 5637 http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/leisureculture/parksandrecreation/parkscountry/parks/reddishvalecountrypark/
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Reddish Vale Country Park

Reviewed By michaelkK9059OT - Stockport, United Kingdom

A lovely spot for a morning or afternoon out, so peaceful yet so near the centre of Stockport and Reddish. Lots of bird-life on the reservoirs. It's an easy hour's stroll from the end of Stockport precinct, a bit less if you start near Tesco Extra in Portwood, don't miss the spectacular Harrison's Weir. Even if it's raining most of the walk from town is under trees. Small cafe and visitor centre run by volunteers, and a more extensive tea-room on the road up to Reddish. You can walk from Stockport then get a bus back every few minutes from the main road at the top of the hill or vice-versa.

8. Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Bleakholt Farm Bury Old Road, Bury BL0 0RX England +44 1706 822577 [email protected] http://www.bleakholt.org
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary

Reviewed By 825charlottet

We have been wanting to adopt a cat for a few months now. We chose Bleakholt because of the fantastic service they provide. The sanctuary is the perfect place for animals to be cared for. The enclosures were extremely clean, cosy and spacious. The cats we saw looked happy and well kept. We decided on a gorgeous black cat named Leo by their recommendation. We are thrilled to bits with him and so happy to take him home. Thank you. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

9. Dovestone Resevoir

Peak District National Park, Oldham England http://www.visitoldham.com/attractions/dove-stone-reservoir-p102871
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Dovestone Resevoir

Reviewed By 584tonyg - Oldham, United Kingdom

Stunning views, lovely walk, a must see and do, don’t forget to put a ticket on your car, it’s only 60p...you won’t be disappointed with these stunning views, very picturesque.

10. Borsdane Wood

Hindley, Wigan WN2 4BT England
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Borsdane Wood

Reviewed By Bikerdave117 - Wigan, United Kingdom

A beautiful place to walk the dog and take the family. Wigan's first Local Nature Reserve. A place of calm and tranquility. Semi natural ancient woodland with the Borsdane brook running through its length. Well managed by the Council and volunteers from Borsdane Friends Group. Lots of organised nature walks throughout the year. A popular Nature Trail with tree carvings to spot. Well recommended!

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