8 Of The Most Picturesque And Quaint Villages And Towns Near Manchester

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8 Of The Most Picturesque And Quaint Villages And Towns Near Manchester

It’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s more to life than the city, and the North West is jam-packed with quaint and picturesque spots that are well worth a visit. Feeling the need to break away for the day? Check out our guide to the prettiest towns and villages near Manchester to check out if you’re bored of the sight of concrete.

1. Haworth

Commonly known as Brontë country due to the fact that the famous Brontë sisters lived in the village, Haworth has a whole lot of history to explore – including Wuthering Heights itself (known as Top Withens). The village retains its historic cobbled streets and buildings, and closeby, visitors can check out the Brontë moors and picturesque Brontë waterfall. It’s pretty much a literary mecca, however, on a normal day, you’ll find a ton of quirky little shops to check out in the village.

🚗  How to get there: 1 hour 20 by car. 

2. Rivington

Just outside of Bolton, the village of Rivington lays alongside the Lower Rivington Reservoir and the Anglezarke Reservoir – providing a beautiful backdrop to the traditional village. Naturally, the place boasts its own history which can still be seen today, including Lord Leverhulme’s Chinese Gardens, Rivington Pike and the beautiful Lever Bridge. There’s lots of walking to be done, and so many photographic moments en route to Rivington Pike.

🚗  How to get there: 40 minutes by car. 

3. Worsley

One of the prettiest villages in Greater Manchester, Worsley can be found in Salford and is incredibly picturesque for those looking for a lovely stroll in the sunshine. Walk alongside the Bridgewater Canal or through Worsley Woods where you’ll find old Tudor-style buildings and ample greenery. There are some great places to eat, too, including Albert’s Worsley where you can enjoy al fresco dining.

🚗  How to get there: 20 minutes by car. 

4. Marple Bridge

Situated in the borough of Stockport, Marple Bridge is a great little village for a wander – featuring traditional buildings and picturesque streets, as well as a number of mini beauty spots to stop by. The Roman Lakes is a beautiful little spot on a sunny day, with canoeing activities to take part in and locals usually cycling around the area. Running along the side of the small village you’ll also find the lovely River Goyt, which you can walk along before turning back and checking out some of the local cafes for a cuppa.

🚗  How to get there: 35 minutes by car. 

5. Marsden

Nestled by the iconic Peak District, Marsden can be found just outside of Huddersfield and is as picturesque as quaint villages come. From the traditional cobbled village that’s home to a good few cosy pubs and restaurants, to the nearby moors and reservoirs – Marsden has a lot to offer for such a small place. Water flows through the village from the reservoirs, three of which are in easy walking distance from the centre.


🚗  How to get there: 50 minutes by car. 

6. Knutsford

Knutsford is located in the heart of Cheshire and is a lovely traditional town, populated with gorgeous houses and old Tudor buildings. Check out the town for a spot of shopping, walk around and drool over the characterful homes, or head further out to the beautiful Tatton Park which is situated nearby. The town boasts lovely little bars and restaurants, and you’ll also find farmer’s markets stocked full of local produce that you can take home with you.

🚗  How to get there: 40 minutes by car. 

7. Clitheroe

Clitheroe, set in the Ribble Valley, is one of Lancashire’s many quaint little towns that lead to the Lake District, and is frequently visited by those looking to explore the Forest of Bowland. The historic market town is home to its very own castle with beautiful gardens, as well as offering easy access to nearby Pendle Hill – another great spot for a wholesome nature walk. While in the town, check out the plethora of specialist shops that Clitheroe is known for – including foodie shops selling locally sourced sausages, local fashion retailers and even local drinks producers who have been in the town for decades.

🚗  How to get there: 1 hour by car. 

8. Whalley

Another beautiful spot in the Ribble Valley, Whalley is just a little closer to Manchester than Clitheroe and lies at the foot of Pendle Hill – a pretty backdrop to an otherwise picturesque village. There’s some lovely little shops and cafes within the village, and close by you’ll get to see the wonderful Whalley Viaduct – the perfect photo opportunity. The Viaduct stands over the River Calder, and is surrounded by some gorgeous countryside walks that provide a great escape from city life.

🚗  How to get there: 50 minutes by car. 

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