Spring is officially here, and with the clocks going forward this weekend there will be even more daylight hours to enjoy.

Manchester is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and scenery, so why not book a last minute cottage in the area and make the most of spring by embracing the fresh air and getting some much needed vitamin D. 

Snaptrip, the UK cottage marketplace, shares three walks within an hour of Manchester that you won’t want to miss:

1. The South Pennine Water Trail

Looking to dust away the winter cobwebs? This hike starts and ends at the lovely Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough. The route includes stunning views of the lake itself, and also Rochdale Canal, which at its highest point sits at 600ft above sea level. Often nicknamed the ‘Everest’ of canals, it’s a sight all Manchester locals should tick off their bucket list.

The full route sits at five miles, perfect for those who want a challenge but don’t want to commit to a long hike.

2. Fletcher Moss Park

Ideal for an easy afternoon stroll, Fletcher Moss is a great way to spend some quality time with loved ones. Wandering around Stenner Woods will make you feel like you are in the middle of the English countryside, and not less than half an hour outside of the city centre. Plus, its botanical garden boasts plenty of flowers, shrubs and trees that come alive during spring.

To round off the afternoon, head to Didsbury for a spot to eat and a well-deserved glass of wine.

3. Rivington Pike

Set in north Manchester, just outside of Bolton, Rivington Pike is one for those who are up for more of a challenge. Two reservoirs make the perfect warmup, with scenic views that will take your mind off the climb that is just round the corner. When you’re ready, tackle the climb up to the top of the pike for some of the best viewpoints in the north west.

If time is on your side, stop for a picnic at the top of the Pike – if it’s a clear day you might even be able to see as far as the Isle of Man whilst you dine.