Explore a different side of Greater Manchester.
When most people think of Manchester, they think of its bustling city life, often overlooking the fact that the wider Greater Manchester area has some stunning countryside.
In under 45 minutes by car from the city centre, you can find rolling hills, picturesque walking routes and quaint villages.
Whether you’re looking to move out of the city or just for somewhere pretty to explore on a day out, here are some of our favourite villages in Greater Manchester.
Uppermill is a hive of activity in the Saddleworth Moors. There are several great pubs and restaurants, as well as the renowned Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Haigh in Wigan recently ranked among the poshest places to live, according to research by estate agents Savills, published by the Daily Telegraph. Pictured is Haigh Hall, a 19th century stately home.
Holcombe in Bury, is located on Holcombe Moor, a National Trust site. Visitors can walk up to the Peel Tower (pictured) on Holcombe Hill for a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. Credit: Google Maps
4. Marple Bridge
Marple Bridge is located in Stockport, with the River Goyt running through the centre of it. Credit: Google Maps