The 6 Best Hill Top Views of Manchester

There's nothing more rewarding than a stunning view after a long, hard walk.

By Alex Watson | December 14th '21

Going for a walk is nice and that but if you’re not walking towards a goal that is visually spectacular and giving you that well-deserved gratification, what’s the point???

Handily Manchester has a cracking skyline and plenty of surrounding hills to get some bloody fabulous views.

Hartshead Pike
About as well known as Ikea if you’re from this side of Manchester is Hartshead Pike, you probably went on a school trip to it at least once. With that in mind – you probably know everything I’m going to say, but in case you’ve forgotten, I’ll refresh your memory for you. Built in the 18th century, the pike is actually not the highest part of the hill but you can get a cracking view ranging from Pennine moors to the east, North Wales to the west and north towards Pendle Hill.

Weekend Walks: Hartshead Pike


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Werneth Low
Part of the Pennines, Werneth Low is on the border of Stockport and Tameside and gives stunning panoramic views of Great Manchester. On clear days you’ll also be able to get a glimpse of Winter Hill (another one for a good walk on the other side of Manchester). From the south-western end of the hilltop, you will also be able to see the telescope from Jodrell Bank Observatory. 


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Peel Tower
The well-known landmark was erected in tribute to Sir Robert Peel (founder of the Police Force and ex-Prime Minister). You can see as for as North Wales from the top of this. If you start at Ramsbottom Station you can do a circular two to three-hour walk around the surrounding area to really get a feel for Bury.


Crompton Moor & Grains Bar
The site is known for its wildlife and is a frequent haunt for birdwatchers on the lookout for kestrels and plenty of other birds I don’t know anything about. There’s plenty of trails and the viewpoint offers some picturesque views of the surrounding countryside with the city in the background. There’s also a hidden waterfall close to the car park.

Weekend Walks: Grains Bar


File:Circular walk from Kinder resv., via Kinder Low, Boe Stool, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Scout, Fairbrook Naze Black Ashop Moor ^ William Clough - panoramio.jpg

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Kinder Low
Peak District
Sitting on the plateau of Kinder Scout it would be rude not to include this one in the list. It’s technically Derbyshire but it offers absolutely cracking views of our city when you get to the top. You’ll also be able to see Winter Hill Bolton and as far as the mountains in Snowdonia on clear days. A million and two walks to choose from here so I’ll let you do the leg work!


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Winter Hill
Winter Hill is the highest point of the western Pennines and you know what that means – HILL.TOP.VIEWS. You can even get a glimpse of Blackpool Tower from the Pike on super clear days and of course, cracking views of the city centre and North Wales too!

Weekend Walks: Winter Hill