Summer may be over, but fear not – because we’re not quite done with the season of adventuring. Whether you’ve decided to elongate your summer or are simply looking to get out of the house for a bit and see something other than your own four walls, we know just the places. Grab your coat, pop your shoes on and check out our guide to the best places for a crisp autumn day trip near Manchester.
1. Formby Beach
You probably associate going to the beach with summer, more so than you do with autumn – but nothing beats the crisp sea air when it’s a little cooler. Head out on a dog walk down the beautiful sandy beach, or take a stroll through the nature reserve where you’ll see red squirrels and other wildlife. The sand dunes make for a gorgeous landscape and the sunsets here are truly unbeatable – a perfect autumn day trip.
Whether it’s a stroll through the charming village, or a hike around the surrounding Peak District – Castleton is a great spot to visit all year round. Check out the Blue John Cavern, potter around the traditional shops, discover Peveril Castle or take the walk towards Mam Tor. There’s plenty to do, no matter your preference, it’s an autumn day trip for everyone.
Sure, we may often rival Liverpool and ask ourselves ‘What do they have that we don’t?’, but all jokes aside, it’s a fantastic day out for a change of scenery. There’s some incredible independent bars and restaurants (that we’ll even go as far to say rival our own!), fantastic architecture and a whole host of new activities to try (many of which involve booze, of course) – as well as a brilliant shopping experience for those looking to update their new season wardrobe.
If you’re a fan of hiking and beautiful scenery, you’ll fall in love with Malham. From the stunning Cove (which features in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), to the beautiful waterfall named Janet’s Foss and the unique Gordale Scar (which is best seen after a day of rainfall) – there’s plenty to see and do. Not only that, but once you’ve made your way back to the village, there’s a number of gorgeous pubs to wind down in for a pint or a plate of hearty grub.
5. Macclesfield Forest
Right on the edge of the Peak District, you’ll find the enchanting Macclesfield Forest, which is perfect for getting back to nature whatever the weather. The forest is just a short drive from Manchester and boasts 400 hectares of woodland – with four reservoirs to discover while you’re on your adventure.
If there’s one forest where you won’t be short of things to do, it’s Delamere. Take a woodland stroll, visit Go Ape for the day or opt to stay in a gorgeous cabin in the woods for a chilled retreat. It’s the perfect spot for dog walking, stretching your legs in general or taking part in a new adventure – whether it’s ziplining, horse riding or cycling.
Another seaside spot that’s perfect for Autumn, Blackpool may be absolutely bustling over the summer thanks to the Pleasure Beach theme park, but taking a stroll over the seafront with fish and chips in hand while taking in the fresh sea air is something else. It’s quieter, slightly eery and makes for great photos when you visit outside of season.
Nestled away in the north of Greater Manchester is the market town of Ramsbottom, oozing quaintness, boasting Victorian architecture, industrial heritage and a beautiful Pennine landscape. The town is home to an abundance of independent businesses, restaurants and bars with multiple picturesque walking routes and a steam railway line on its doorstep, meaning there’s plenty of things to do.