Lying between Bolton, Bury and Blackburn, the West Pennine Moors are easy to get to and have loads to offer everyone: towers and ruins to explore, short walks that can be done in trainers, longer walks 'over the tops', or around the many reservoirs, great wildlife, challenging road and off-road cycling (The Rake in Ramsbottom is used in national bicycle hill-climbs) horse-riding, sailing ...
Young families might try Rivington where you can choose one of three cafes, walking up to Rivington Pike, exploring the ruins at Lever Park and looking over Manchester. Children will love the hike to the top - it'll feel like an adventure, without tiring them out too much. A lovely walk setting off from Jumbles reservoir takes in Grade 1 listed Turton Tower, moorland, riverside walk and can include a lunch stop at the Strawberry Duck pub.
As well as looking over Manchester, about 15 miles away, you can see the Irish Sea and more. For a fairly small area, there is a great variety and it feels less 'touristy' than either the Lake or Peak District.
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