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Explore the best winter walks in and around Tameside

Haughton Dale Nature Reserve, photo by Lee Wild.

The beauty of Tameside is really something to behold in the winter months and with so many routes to explore, now is the time to lace up your shoes and venture out.

For keen walkers, the contours of Tameside will be a familiar sight. Whether you’re into long strolls around a picturesque river or a more challenging climb in the hills, there is plenty to explore.

Walkerwood Reservoir, Stalybridge

Walkerwood Reservoir offers routes for all types of walkers. Heading down Brushes Road Stalybridge, you will arrive amongst a cobbled terrain before eventually witnessing the views of the first reservoir.

This body of water offers breath-taking views and provides a flat walk for beginner ramblers.

For those wanting to take a step further, continuing around the reservoir will lead you to an incline road. Following this will take you on a journey up to the fourth reservoir, an area that places you on top of the clouds for the best surrounding views.

Wild Bank Trig Point, Stalybridge

If you’re looking to set yourself a challenge while experiencing some of the best local nature, then climbing Wild Bank Trig Point might be a good option for you.

With the Waggon and Horses situated at the foot off the ascent, the opportunity to enjoy a drink and some food after exerting your energy is offered.

Setting foot towards the peak of the hill, the view of the trigger point can be used as motivation for struggling ramblers.

The views atop this climb are truly wondrous, allowing you to see across Greater Manchester and beyond.

Hartshead Pike, Ashton 

Overlooking Ashton, Mossley and Saddleworth, Hartshead Pike offers a beautiful day out for families and individual explorers.

With a relatively easy route leading to a vast peak, views on a clear day can stretch as far out as Snowdonia.

The hill is accessible from a range of points with walking paths in Mossley, Lees and Ashton as well as accessibility for wheelchair users.

This route brags a plethora of history, with origins to Roman occupation of Britain where the structure acted as a warning beacon.

Werneth Low Country Park, Hyde

A walk filled with life and greenery hidden away in Hyde is Werneth Low Country Park. With 200-acres of land to explore and the panoramic views at the highest point, his beauty spot has something to interest all walkers.

Climb to the top to pay your respects at the war memorial, discover local history with handy guides or see if you can spot some of the park’s famous birds such as kestrels and lapwings.

Well-cared for paths here accommodate prams and wheelchairs, making it a perfect day out for all the family.

Tame Valley, Haughton Dale Nature Reserve

Tame Valley boasts some of the best natural sights, with the Haughton Dale Nature Reserve offering ancient woodlands and meadows as well as newly planted greenery.

Winter walks here can lead you through the habitats of various wildlife with creatures finding warmth in the cold months. A gentle stroll in the countryside is promised as you step into Haughton Dale, and it does not disappoint.

Alphin Pike Summit, Saddleworth

On the outskirts of Tameside, walkers can find adventure on the Alphin Pike Summit. After walking down Bradbury’s Lane just past Dovestones, ramblers can expect to follow this path along various terrain before reaching a gate and a stile.

Taking a left at the gate, the path climbs gently to reach the white trig point, here you have found Alphin Pike.

Those seeking further adventure can continue this walk, following onto Dovestones or the Chew Reservoir.

This trail is a steady incline however the path can sometimes be difficult with rocks and boggy areas.

Image: Alphin Pike, photo by Eddie Combs.

Dovestone Reservoir, Greenfield

An area loved by all local explorers is Dovestone Reservoir. Lying between Greenfield and Chew Brooks, the reservoir is on the western edge of the Peak District and offers exceptional greenery.

Dovestone is equipped with various routes to suite a multitude of walkers. Take a circular stroll around the body of water, venture off into the hills to experience an alternative to this route or simply just take in the views as you relax by the water.

A keen favourite for runners, the simple circular path is mostly a flat journey, making it fun for children and adults alike.

Taking the time away from our hectic schedules to enjoy a timeless stroll through nature can be a highlight amongst the chaos. As the days become colder, make sure you choose to escape on a stunning route before return home to snuggle up with a warm drink.

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