While Manchester is a bustling and busy city, there is a lot of countryside to be enjoyed if you leave the city, especially to the North.
If you have a car, then a visit to one of the Lake District towns, such as Windermere is highly recommended although it is a one and a half hour drive. That might be too much for a day trip, but there are literally hundreds of bed and breakfast accommodation properties in the surrounding areas. The Lake District is absolutely stunning and you can travel across the waters from Windermere to places such as Keswick, Ambleside and Kendal.
If you do not have the time or inclination to venture out that far, there is still a lot of scenic countryside to be enjoyed around Manchester. There are hundreds of beautiful little villages that are linked by canals and waterways that hark back to the wool and textile production era.
There are plenty of country walks and bridle paths that can be enjoyed by any visitor. The countryside surrounding Manchester is largely rolling, so while some of the walks – particularly in the wooded areas – can be a little bit challenging for the inexperienced rambler, most are rather sedate and flat. Besides, there are many little quaint pubs and villages that you can stop at for a spot of lunch or a pint of Manchester’s beloved bitter ale.
If you want to enjoy scenery that is a bit more rugged, then you can always opt for a drive through the South Pennine mountain region. These areas are serviced by buses and trains, but if you plan to visit them, then you really should aim to have your own transport.
The area is also known for some amusing village names which include Diggle, Dobcross and Ramsbottom, along with a host of others. Some are mere hamlets, but in this part of the world, you are always assured to find a country pub or inn to rest at for an hour or so.