If you fancy something a bit different to a meal out in a fancy restaurant this Valentine’s Day, why not head out into the great outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery we have in Greater Manchester.
There’s lots of places you can go for a romantic stroll and incredible locations which are perfect to take a loved one (this is a hint if you’re thinking of proposing).
And even if Valentine’s Day isn’t for you, these locations are still worth visiting for a trip over the weekend – getting outside into the fresh air is a great way to boost your mood.
From beautiful gardens to historic towers, there are plenty of romantic beauty spots to visit this time of year.
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Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Didsbury
Fletcher Moss is a lovely green oasis you can explore in Didsbury with gorgeous scenery.
There are the botanical gardens which are beautiful all year around, with narrow paths which weave their through the plants and a charming pond.
You can even go for a longer walk through the park and along the River Mersey.
After taking a stroll round the garden you could always head into Didsbury for that romantic meal.
Worsley Village, Salford
Worsley Village is one of the most picturesque places in Salford. There’s a lovely canal side walk you can do which takes in the village’s pretty scenery.
With mock Tudor buildings this village is full of character and provides a gorgeous backdrop for a romantic stroll.
There are several pubs nearby too where you can enjoy a cozy drink or two.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham
A wander around the grounds of Dunham Massey and you’ll feel like you’re starring in a Jane Austen adaptation.
The gardens themselves are simply stunning and will leave you feeling inspired.
It has a 7-acre winter garden so there’s plenty to see even in February, and you may even spot a deer or two in the grounds.
Rivington Terraced Gardens, Rivington
With romantic follies and tranquil ponds, this is a magical place to visit and unlike anywhere else in Greater Manchester.
There’s lots of hidden gems to discover around the gardens and it’s like being in a fairy tale exploring the different areas.
The Italian Lake is particularly beautiful while the Pigeon Tower is a unique place to visit.
Tandle Hill, Oldham
Offering impressive views, this is definitely a romantic location overlooking Manchester and the Pennine Hills.
You can take a walk through woodland areas but climbing to the view point at the war memorial is a must.
It’s the perfect spot to take a loved one and share a special moment, and the hike to the top is worth it and will be sure to leave your partner impressed.
Dovestone Reservoir, Oldham
With dramatic views of the surrounding moorland and the reservoir mirroring the sky, Dovestone is a gorgeous spot to visit.
If you really want to push the boat out, head to the Trinnacle, a towering rock formation which overlooks the reservoir creating a picture-perfect location.
Hartshead Pike, Ashton-under-Lyne
Another gorgeous viewpoint, Hartshead Pike has impressive views of Ashton-under-Lyne, Mossley, Saddleworth, Lees and Oldham.
At the summit is the tower, a Grade II listed building to commemorate the marriage of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863 – so it’s a location which certainly has a romantic history.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.