Sure, things might be a little grey and overcast at the moment, but did that ever stop a Manc? From epic treetop adventures (ziplines included) and fun water sports right on our doorsteps, here’s our guide to the best outdoor activities to enjoy in and around Manchester.
1. Treetop Trek, Prestwich
Found within Heaton Park, Treetop Trek allows guests to take on 20 aerial challenges across the two-hour course, including 14 ziplines through the woods and plenty of bridges and tricky beams to climb over. The treetop adventure is suitable for ages 5 and above, however, for the under 5’s, there’s a fun treetop net to enjoy filled with super slides, bouncy balls, tunnels and treehouses. Find out more here.
2. Heaton Park Boating Lake
Fancy a change of scenery? Particularly wholesome in the summer, Heaton Park rents out rowing boats and pedalos to those looking to take to the water between April and October. Boats go out all day up until 6.55pm, meaning you can enjoy that soft summer nights air on a romantic boat ride, or entertain the kids with something new all summer long. Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Ln, M25 0DL.
3. Projekts Skate Park, City Centre
If skateboarding is more your thing, the hidden skateboard under the Mancunian Way – Projekts – is the perfect place to practise. Offering both skate sessions and lessons, guests can enjoy the numerous ramps and half-pipes, while taking in the fantastic Akse street art that’s long called Projekts home. Find out more.
4. Paintballing at Eccles Forest
Located in Eccles Forest, Delta Force Paintballing is the perfect day out for Call of Duty fans, not only providing an epic game of paintballing for friends to enjoy, but plenty of hidden sniper spots, a 100 ft Berlin Wall, and even a full-scale Wild West Gold Rush scenario complete with saloon swinging doors, alongside a zombie-infested graveyard. Find out more and book here.
5. Paddleboarding the Bridgewater Canal in Sale
Introduced just last year, Mancs can now paddleboard and kayak along the Bridgewater Canal – a stretch of water that spans across Worsley, Salford, Trafford and the Castlefield area. The perfect activity to enjoy during the warmer months, all wannabee paddleboarders must sign up for a membership with British Canoeing, which can be done here.
6. Water sports at Sale Water Park
The home of water sports here in Manchester, the Trafford Water Sports Centre at Sale Water Park offers tons of fun activities to enjoy, including canoeing, bushcraft, Kata Kanuing, kayaking, raft building and sailing. All activities run from April-October (because let’s agree, it’d be absolutely freezing otherwise), and you can find out more here.
7. Go Ape, Delamere
Just a short drive away from Manchester in the lovely Delamere Forest, Go Ape is the king of outdoor activities. From treetop high ropes to forest segways, there’s something for all ages to enjoy, including both high and low obstacles to try out in the trees, alongside both big and little ziplines to enjoy. Find out more.
8. Dovestone Sailing Club, Oldham
If there’s one place in the North West that offers stunning scenery, it’s Dovestone. Utilising the beautiful 100-acre reservoir, locals can enjoy a unique sailing experience surrounded by views of the Pennines, with both beginners and enthusiasts welcome. Find out more here.