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Outdoors in manchester

If you're going outside to get fresh air and to get active, now more than ever is a time to explore locally.

There has been a great deal of study into the benefits of green space on physical and mental well-being. Spending two hours per week, whether this is one visit or multiple visits to a green space, has a significant effect on good health and life satisfaction, and is true for almost every group both young and old, wealthy and poor, urban and rural people.
 

Manchester's 1,000+ hectares of land that make up our beautiful parks and open spaces remain open. Make sure you use this green retreats to support your physical, mental and emotional well-being.


We have lots of green spaces where you can use these great ideas!

Use our FIND PLACES to search for your nearest park.

'Love Exploring' challenges families to get outdoors this summer
 
Manchester Green Trails - The Green Trail is a walking circuit made of 14 routes which circumnavigate the City of Manchester and connect many of the city’s parks, woodlands and open spaces.

New Footsteps, New Discoveries - Ancoats - Whether you're seeking sport and physical activities, nature, history or simply find out more about where you live, there's plenty to discover in your local area. Starting from your doorstep, trial new footsteps and unearth those hidden gems within walking distance of your home.

GM Walking - Find a walking route to help explore your local area or somewhere new in Greater Manchester

The benefits of walking and runnning to our physical and mental wellbeing are well known, but its place in society has taken on even more significance during lockdown. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this within your local area, see below. 

Canal & River Trust Walking Routes - 2,000 miles of canal towpaths provide largely flat, traffic-free walking routes, taking you from the inner city right into the heart of the countryside. Take a waterside walk and feel the difference.

Couch to 5K - A week-by-week description of the 9-week set of Couch to 5K podcasts. Each week involves 3 runs to get you engrossed in a regular fitness routine to help you move more each day. 

Better Guide To Running In Winter - There are so many benefits of exercising in cold weather. Not only does it keep your body moving throughout the winter months, but it’s great to boost your mood, heart health and immune system. If you’re ready to get moving and your chosen activity is running, this guide will help you get started for running in the cold.

Manchester Green Trails - The Green Trail is a walking circuit made of 14 routes which circumnavigate the City of Manchester and connect many of the city’s parks, woodlands and open spaces.

GM Walking - Find a walking route to help explore your local area or somewhere new in Greater Manchester

New Footsteps, New Discoveries - Ancoats - Whether you're seeking sport and physical activities, nature, history or simply find out more about where you live, there's plenty to discover in your local area. Starting from your doorstep, trial new footsteps and unearth those hidden gems within walking distance of your home.

Love Exploring - The Love Exploring app puts the power of discovery in your hands by providing a range of discovery games and guided tours that are fun to do and free to use. You can also use our New Footsteps, New Discoveries featured maps to explore Ancoats & Surrounding areas! 

Mini Beast Hunt Outdoor Activity - Explore and take part in a mini beast hunt at your local park!   

Go Jauntly App - Check out the various walking activities you can take part in across Manchester via this free app. 

Alongside walking and running, cycling is one of the simplest ways to get active outside and can be done with the whole family.

TfGM Cycling Maps - You can ride for hundreds of miles in Greater Manchester on traffic-free cycle paths, or on very quiet roads. And lots of main roads have dedicated cycle lanes to make your journey easier.

Let's Ride Local - Let's Ride Local provides families with bike rides from your door step and ideas and inspiration for staying motivated in lockdown.

Ready Set Ride - A free learn to ride guide to help you teach your kids how to ride a bike, from British Cycling and HSBC UK.

Love To Ride - Setting your #RideResolutions on Love to Ride can help you stay active during Lockdown. Whether you want to ride off 2 slices of cake, save 200kg of carbon or ride a whopping 2,021 miles this year, you can set and share your goals right now.

Unfortunatelythere are currently no upcoming events, podcasts or webinars. Please check again later and be sure to follow MCRactive on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates on any future events, podcasts and webinars for Outdoor Activites.