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Sprawling metropolis it might be, but Manchester isn’t short of places to enjoy the great outdoors. The Pennines and the Peak District National Park are within easy reach – but there are plenty of parks and reservoirs that are near the city centre to explore. We asked our local insiders for their top tips – all within the Greater Manchester area.
Stretford’s Longford Park is a perfect little green oasis for a quick breath of fresh air. You’ll find gardens, a play area and football and basketball courts, plus a disc golf course. Best of all, it’s free and frisbee hire costs just a single pound of your hard-earned cash. You won’t find a better value activity in all of Manchester. Recommended by local insider Natalie Hetherington
Heaton Park is one of Manchester’s biggest and most famous outdoor spaces. There’s no shortage of things to do here, but the more adventurous will enjoy the challenges posed by Treetop Trek, Manchester’s high-ropes course. Prepare to swing, climb and even fly over obstacles including rope swings, balance beams and zip wires – take your family or get a group of friends together for an afternoon of adrenaline-packed enjoyment. Recommended by local insider Alexandra Jones