Manchester is a wonderful city full of urban buzz. It's always on the go, and there's everything from industry to music to world-class food. However, sometimes, you want to escape the buzz and enjoy rural settings. But where do you go if you live in Manchester and want to experience settings that are, let's say more low key? We've got you covered with the best villages around Manchester.
Padfield enjoys lush rolling greens and is surrounded by the greenbelt countryside. A trip here means you can escape the hustle and bustle of Manchester for a few hours in a location on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Thanks to its location in the heart of a conservation area in a small valley, it has been designated for its special architectural and historical interest. And guess what? It's only 13 miles from Manchester.
You will find Uppermill on a steep valley side of the River Tame, filled with charming sights such as the surrounding South Pennines and Saddleworth Moor scenery. It's a tranquil location with a pleasant high street, walking routes and friendly pubs.
Known as Bronte country, thanks to it being famous for the Bronte sisters living here, Haworth is a pretty village with tons of history. Wander around the cobbled streets, admire the quaint buildings and stop to take a few snaps of the Bronte waterfall. It's a little further out than most of the other villages on our list, but it's well worth a visit and still relatively close at 42 miles.
Part of the so-called Cheshire Golden Triangle, Alderley Edge is the home to many Premier League footballers who want to enjoy the quiet settings outside of Manchester. There are many listed buildings, pretty houses, lush greenery and woodlands surrounding the village. Plus, it's only a 20-minute drive back into Manchester.
Around a 40-minute drive from Manchester is where you will find Pott Shrigley. This is another Cheshire gem that represents modern rural life in the UK. Go for a stroll around the beautiful village while enjoying the sights of surrounding valleys and woodland, which can be seen from higher ground. The village only has about 300 residents, but you'll be more than welcomed, whether you're saying hello to the locals on the street or heading to one of the pubs.
The village of Holcombe is located on the slopes of Holcombe Moor, an area mostly taken care of by the National Trust. A visit here is mostly green land with stone cottages and farms making up the crux of Holcombe. Get back to nature with long walks on the moors and hills, then stop at one of the charming pubs in the village for a bite to eat and a drink or two.
Rivington enjoys a location just outside of Bolton and is around a 40-minute drive from Manchester. It lies alongside the Lower Rivington Reservoir and the Anglezarke Reservoir, which provide a stunning backdrop to this traditional northern village.
Another gem that will take you a little over an hour to reach from Manchester, Audlem is known for its lively festivities celebrating everything from music to food and even its canal boating heritage. The Union Canal and small waterways run through the village and make for the perfect backdrop for a lovely stroll while you discover the best of Audlem.
Set in the picturesque Colne Valley, Marsden is surrounded on three sides by moorland and features many peaks, canals, valleys and reservoirs. It's also a popular spot for craft beers, with many breweries ready to serve you a tasty beverage after your long walk admiring the scenery.
Ok, so Mossley is actually a small town. However, it's so beautiful that we had to include it on our list. Thanks to its location in the upper Tame Valley, you can enjoy spectacular views in all directions and enjoy discovering the many listed buildings found around Mossley. There are lots of walking routes here, and it's not too far from the Peak District either.
The best villages in Manchester
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering villages around Manchester. Pick any of the options on our list and enjoy rural charms, a friendly atmosphere and an escape from the busy city life. Recharge the batteries and then head back to Manchester, enjoying the best of rural vibes and urban living.