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Walks Around Marple

Marple is a walkers' delight, providing a mixture of superb scenery and fascinating historical features. With miles of canal tow paths, cycle tracks, heavily wooded valleys, rivers, lakes and hill top moorland the district offers a huge variety of interest.

This series of guides, designed and published by the late Gordon Mills in 1998 on behalf of Marple Community Council, provides a selection of everything Marple has to offer featured in six circular walks of 2 to 4 miles distance and averaging around 1½ hours duration. With detailed maps and photographs up to 100 years old, the guides not only direct you along the route but also explain the history of the many interesting sights you will see on the way.

Gordon, who ran his own printing business in Marple for over 35 years, gave permission for the content of his guides to be reproduced in full on The Marple Website soon after they were published. Even though it would probably result in reduced sales he was happy that visitors could print out copies for themselves should they wish to go on the walks. Gordon's decision was instrumental in the success of this web site because it gave top quality content to publish at the time of its launch and encouraged others, like photographer David Brindley, to follow his lead.

Gordon passed away in December 2006 leaving a legacy of fantastic local publications, of which these guides are just a small part. He also produced books, videos and DVDs on an array of local topics and was a keen photographer. He used these interests and the skills developed in his work as a printer to raise many thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation. If you do print out and enjoy the walks, please consider making a small donation to Gordon's favorite charity using this link to the British Heart Foundation web site.

There are many copies of Gordon's original guides still available and these are now in the possession of Marple Local History Society who distribute them to local outlets for sale to the public. Unfortunately in the 10 years or so since their original publication some of the details of individual walks have changed and the instructions can sometimes be difficult to follow. We are pleased to have been able to address this issue by producing an addendum leaflet in partnership with Marple Local History Society to accompany the original guides. This will be provided free of charge with any copies of the originals purchased and can also be downloaded from this site.

The text and most of the photographs in the addendum are by David Burridge, an active member of the society. The leaflet was designed and laid out by The Marple Website and the printing costs were funded by Marple Promotions in memory of Gordon. Thanks go to Hilary Atkinson, chair of the History Society, who coordinated and managed the project to get Gordon's guides back into circulation.

In the longer term the web site will work with David and Hilary to produce a fully updated set of Gordon's guides that can continue to be distributed once stocks of the originals run down. We will also be updating the versions of the walks on the web site progressively, as each individual walk is tackled, so the new versions will become available to download on-line before they can be purchased.

Click here to download the addendum leaflet. It is designed to be printed double-sided and folded in thirds but it also includes cut-lines so that you can separate the supplements for each walk. In this case it will be better to print it on two sheets of paper so that you can cut them into six sections.

Click on the covers below to proceed to the full details of each walk. These pages feature the same maps, photographs and instructions as the original guides and are supplemented with colour pictures taken more recently.

Information on these walks is provided in good faith and is intended as a general guide only. You are advised to verify the accuracy of information before relying on it. It is the responsibility of individuals to approach outdoor activities such as walking with caution. Walking can be strenuous and individuals should ensure that they are fit enough before embarking upon it. If in doubt consult a doctor.

Walks Around Marple Number 1 - Marple Dale

3.2 miles. 1½ hours. updated feb 2011.

This is a walk down into Marple Dale and alongside the River Goyt, with an opportunity for refreshments half way round. On the way back you will pass the site of Marple Hall, the former home of the Bradshaw family.

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Walks Around Marple Number 2 - The Roman Bridge & Lakes

3.3 miles. 1½ hours. updated may 2010.

One myth can be dispelled immediately, neither the lakes nor bridge have any connection with the Romans. This walk passes many of the sites of one of Marple's 18th century benefactor, Samuel Oldknow.

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Walks Around Marple Number 3 - Marple Locks & Brabyns Park

3 - 4 miles. 1½ - 2 hrs..

This walk down Marple Locks has an option for an extended walk of another mile. Although the Peak Forest Canal had been opened for some years at the end of the 18th century, the construction of the locks was not complete until 1805 and a tramway linked the two sections.

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Walks Around Marple Number 4 - Chadkirk

2 - 3 miles. 1 - 2 hrs..

This walk take you past the site of Marple Hall before crossing the river Goyt and making your to the ancient settlement of Chadkirk, fully described in the Domesday survey.

Chadkirk Chapel dates back to the 15th or 16th century.

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Walks Around Marple Number 5 - From Way to Cut

3 miles. 1½ hours..

The title of this walk "From Way to Cut" is derived from the Middlewood Way and the Macclesfield Canal. Canals were often referred to as the "cut" both by boatmen and the local populace.

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Walks Around Marple Number 6 - Donkey Wood

2 miles. 1 hour..

This walk is over mainly flat ground however the descent down to Donkey Wood bridge is fairly steep but steps have been provided on the particularly steep part. This walk can now be very difficult. It is not recommended but is included for the sake of completeness.

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Five Things to Do in Marple

Five attractions in and around the centre of marple.

Marple aqueduct view by Neil Mitchell (via Shutterstock).

Marple is a lovely corner of North East Cheshire. It is in a semi-rural setting which is handy for Stockport, Manchester, and the Peak District. Our cottages are on the banks of the River Goyt which is a good starting point for exploring the town centre and walks.

1. Chadkirk Trail

Our farm and cottages are a short distance from the Chadkirk Trail. This is a circular walk which takes in the rivers Goyt and Etherow , the Peak Forest Canal, and the most part of Marple. Chadkirk Chapel is a Grade II Listed Building with records going back to 1374. It is of notable interest due to its timber frame and stonework. Along the Chadkirk trail is the…

2. Marple Locks

No trip to Marple is complete without seeing the Marple Locks . All sixteen of them from the junction with the Macclesfield Canal to the aqueduct were restored in 1974 and add character to the town. Along the course of the Peak Forest Canal is Brabyns Park and Roman Lakes.

3. Brabyns Park

One of the joys of Marple is the amount of parks and open spaces, which make the town an attractive place for dog owners. Brabyns Park follows part of the River Goyt and the first eight of Marple’s locks on the Peak Forest Canal. Its expanse of green fields makes for a good picnicking spot. The site of Brabyns Hall, demolished in 1952, is now a car park.

4. Roman Lakes

Towards the southern end of the Peak Forest Canal is Roman Lakes. It provided water for Samuel Oldknow’s mill until 1892, the year it was destroyed by fire. Immediately after, it became a tourist attraction with tearooms and an amusement arcade. Today, there are tearooms, and the lakes are a popular spot with anglers.

5. Regent Cinema

After all that walking, you might wish to take in a film. The Regent Cinema is one of Greater Manchester’s last surviving independent cinemas, and has a good local following. Converted from a place of worship, it became a cinema in 1932. It prides itself on charging realistic prices for cinema tickets and refreshments, a contrast to the multiplex chains a short drive away.

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Marple Locks

This 16-lock flight at Marple is a spectacular sight, and one of the steepest flights in Britain. Visit beautiful countryside and nearby Marple Aqueduct for a family day out.

It's an absolutely fascinating part of our industrial heritage. Not only does Marple boast Benjamin Outram's splendid stone Marple Aqueduct, together with its slightly higher railway viaduct neighbour running parallel. But you're sure to bump into Oldknow - the man who made Marple.

Visit our welcome station for more information, located at the top of Marple's famous lock flight, near to the junction with the Macclesfield Canal .

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Marple Locks, Church St, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 6BN

The towpath is always open.

Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing.

There are public toilets in the town centre.

Samuel Oldknow (1756 – 1828) transformed rural Marple and Mellor into a hub of industry

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Parking is available in the town centre

Marple Station is a 5-minute walk to the towpath itself, and 15 minutes to the bottom lock.

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1. Marple Locks

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4.5 based on 311 reviews

This spectacular flight of sixteen working locks - surrounded by some beautiful wooded countryside and scenic walks - raises the canal 209 feet to reach a height of 518 feet above sea level at Marple.

Reviewed By bazonian2015 - Stockport, United Kingdom

We walked from Romiley by the canal seeing all kinds of nature. Fish, baby fish, ducks and ducklings, geese and goslings. Lovely to see the aqueduct stunning views, great to see the locks. Stunning views. A lovely walk.

2. Memorial Park

4.5 based on 57 reviews

This is a great local park that connects to Brabyns Park and off from the canal path. Lots of wide open spaces, to walk along. Has a boules playing area along with a, crown green bowling green. Also children's play areas. A place to enjoy all year round for all ages.

3. Brabyns Park

4.5 based on 55 reviews

This is a lovely local park. With wide open tree lined spaces. Walks by the river goyt.a Victorian iron bridge to see, children's play areas and loads more besides.

4. Marple Aqueduct

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By ajgater - Stockport, United Kingdom

The section of the canal including the aquaduct is lovely with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and further up to the viaduct, well worth a trip just keep your children close!!!!

5. The Garden House Marple

4.5 based on 79 reviews

The Garden House Farm is one of the few visitor attractions in Marple, a highlight for the general public, local schools and nurseries. Attractions include: animals, a café with a 5 star hygiene rating, an OFSTED inspected nursery, playgrounds, countryside trails and an orchard. The Farm offers significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the local community and relies solely on donations made by visitors. The main attractions are free to all. The Garden House welcomes, encourages and supports children and adults of all abilities.

Reviewed By lousyw

Very helpful and extra friendly staff, thy opened the pig pens just for us, It’s a thrilling place to see so many farm animals so up close. They are all so nice and well kept. The play ground is so well equipped, it’s just so perfect for so many to enjoy, Thank you. I do hope the poor farmer that got stuck in the mud was able to get freed up. Looked like he was a really stuck in the mud lol Glad it’s open and so hope to return one day,

6. The Royal Scot

4.0 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By w0nnieb

After a recent refurbishment, this is now a place to visit. The décor is really tasteful, while the pub has been opened up, it still retains the feel of its separate rooms. It’s very stylish with great wallpapers and matching soft furnishings. Good attention to detail giving it a modern feel while retaining the country pub atmosphere, not easy to pull off! The young Landlord really has his finger on the pulse, he keeps an eye on everything and tidies up quickly and efficiently when a table is vacated. He is interested in your opinion as to how the refurbishment works, great people skills. The competition in Marple Bridge is pretty stiff but I’m certain that this place will add a valuable extra layer to the village. Highly recommended.

7. Roman Lakes

4.0 based on 99 reviews

Reviewed By sharmanw2016 - Stockport, United Kingdom

Worth a visit in the warmer months. Lots of wTer so beware if taking fast toddlers ,!, nice cafe and simple walks.

8. The Hatters Arms

3.5 based on 11 reviews

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In my opinion, Manchester is the best city in the world!

However, even I recognise the need to experience something different now and then.

Thankfully within an hour’s drive , there are several towns and villages around Manchester that make for excellent day trip destinations . All of which provide a wonderful change of scene from the hustle and bustle of the United Kingdom’s second-biggest city.

If you are looking to broaden your horizons and check out some new places, here are the 22 best villages near Manchester you must visit.

Head to any of these places and you won’t be disappointed with what you find there.

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Ramsbottom 

Ramsbottom near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 25 mins, 15 miles

Ramsbottom is a charming market town near Bury that is about as far north in Greater Manchester as you can go.

Perched on the fringes of the West Pennine Moors it is renowned for its beautiful scenery, which is just one of the reasons why The Sunday Times named it one of the best places to live in the UK.

Home to around 18,000 people, it is known for its proximity to the River Irwell, as well as its quaint village area that is home to several award-winning cafes and restaurants.

Try Owens Restaurant & Bar or The Fisherman’s Retreat, both of which dish up incredible food.

As well as hosting two markets, Ramsbottom houses the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary which is a popular attraction.

Many people also choose to walk up Holcombe Hill, while the Ramsbottom Cricket Club boasts Michael Clarke, Ian Chappell, Seymour Nurse and Chris Harris as former players.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M66. Free parking is available at Prince Street, Market East and Market North.

Ramsbottom can also be reached by bus from Bury.

Haworth 

Haworth near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 1 hr 5 mins, 36 miles

A trip to Haworth takes you out of Greater Manchester / Lancashire and into Yorkshire . But it is well worth the hour-long journey to get there.

Situated in the Pennines, just 10 miles from Bradford, it offers plenty for the visitor to see and do.

Famously home to the Brontë sisters, it is a place rich in literary and history,  as well as the windy and mysterious moors they often referred to in their work.

Boasting cobbled streets, antique stores and an old-world charm, it is a destination where you can see vintage steam trains, walk in its beautiful 9-acre park or browse through its eclectic range of independent boutique shops.

When you are hungry, be sure to visit Fleece Inn for its wonderful homemade pies or delicious crab and lobster burger.

Of course, no trip to Haworth is complete without a hike on the surrounding moorlands. No doubt you’ll hear the Kate Bush song Wuthering Heights rattling around your head if you do so!

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A6033. Parking is available on the church side behind the main street.

Bollington  

Bollington near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 40 minutes, 20 miles

Located in Cheshire, Bollington lies on the southwestern edge of the Peak District.

Many people come here for the chance to walk up to the White Nancy. A stone folly that resides at the top of Kerridge Hill and commemorates victory at the Battle of Waterloo.

However, there is a lot more to attract people to the village than that. The big mills of Adelphi, Clarence and Lowerhouse provide an insight into what life was like in the 19th century, While the Macclesfield Canal towpath and the Peak District Boundary Walk also connect with town.

The Bollington Brewing Company is a must-stop for anyone who loves beer, while the impressive St Oswald’s Church and St Gregory’s Church provide further insight into the history of the village.

For lunch or dinner, The Lime Tree Restaurant and Wine Bar dish up exceptional cocktails and British cuisine.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A5103. Free parking is available at the Pool Bank on Palmerston Street.

If you want to go by public transport, you can take the train to Macclesfield. From there, you can take bus 10 to Bollington.

Rivington 

Rivington near Manchester

  • Time / Distance : 35 minutes, 21 miles

Rivington is undoubtedly one of the best villages near Manchester to visit.

Situated just 8 miles from Bolton, this is an excellent place to come if you love hiking, as Winter Hill and Rivington Pike – both of which reside within the West Pennine Moors – are within easy reach of it. 

The area is also home to the ‘Little Lake District’, which is a chain of scenic reservoirs which offer excellent outdoor recreational activities, particularly in the summer.

Other notable landmarks in the area are Rivington Castle, which is a scale replica of Liverpool Castle, The Terraced Gardens of Rivington, Pigeon Tower and Go Ape Rivington.

The latter of which is a thrilling adventure-activity destination where you can tour the canopy of the forest via a rope course in the treetops.

If all that walking or climbing has made you hungry, head on over to The Cardwell for great steaks and other hearty fares.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M61. You should find plenty of free parking in the area.

Worsley 

Worsley near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 17 minutes, 9 miles

If you love beautiful architecture and historic landmarks then you’ll want to make your way over to Worsley.

A gorgeous town in Salford, it is renowned for its fabulous mock Tudor buildings, iconic Worsley Delph and famed Bridgewater Canal. All of which are rich in history and character.

It also hosts a range of enchanting structures like the humpback bridge, the Alphabet bridge, the Bridgewater Estate Offices, the Packet House, the Rock House and the Court House that are well worth checking out whilst exploring the town.

As it is less than 20 minutes from Manchester, the town is a terrific place to pop to for a meal.

Try Tung Fong Restaurant, which is undoubtedly one of the North West’s best Chinese Restaurants. Alternatively, the Worsley Old Hall offers tasty pub food too.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M602. There is a park and ride at Wardley that will take you into town.

You can also get the train from Manchester to Worsley.

Castleton near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 55 minutes, 28 miles

For those who like walking, one of the best villages outside Manchester to visit is Castleton.

Nestled within the rugged beauty of the Peak District National Park, this stunning village is located at the top end of Hope Valley. It is also presided over by the Mam Tor and imperious Peveril Castle.

Many people are drawn here by its incredible natural beauty and a rich sense of history.

It also has four show caves – Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern,  Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern – which are major drawcards. Even boasting underground boat rides for visitors to enjoy.

There are lots of shops to peruse in the village and if you come here during the festive season the lights will captivate you.

To support the many tourists that visit the town, there are several very good places to eat. One of them, the Three Roofs Cafe presents a fabulous family-friendly menu.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A624. Several carparks are available throughout the town but very few spots are free.

Marple Bridge 

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 12 miles

Marple is a pleasant rural town in Stockport that is known for its network of 16 canal locks.

Collectively referred to as Marple Lock Flight, they link close to the village centre and are backed by a scenic pathway which makes for a lovely place to walk.

This journey will take you past the beautiful Marple Memorial Park and Brabyns Park until you get to the Marple Aqueduct and Bugsworth Basin.

If you come here with children, The Garden House Marple is a must-visit destination. It boasts children’s farms and petting zoos , as well as several indoor and outdoor parks and playgrounds too.

The Roman Lakes is also a popular spot for couples and those who want to picnic. While if you want to taste the delights of the local fare, the Maple Tree and Angkor Soul, are two of the best venues in town.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A57. Those looking for free parking should be able to find it on Hogarths Road, Brabyns Park and Brabyns Row.

You can also take a direct train from Manchester Piccadilly to Marple and walk from the station.

Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 16 miles

If you like the finer things in life, then you’ll want to visit Alderley Edge.

Championed as the ‘Champagne capital of Britain’, this is one of the best villages to visit near Manchester if you are a fan of bubbly and caviar.

Blessed with a wonderful collection of top-notch restaurants and hip bars, The Alderley Edge Hotel, Wizard Restaurant and The Alderley Bar and Grill are among the most prestigious restaurants in the Northwest.

Situated in Cheshire, just 16 miles from Manchester, the village also has an excellent range of shops, as well as gourmet cheese shops, butchers and bakers and a delightful farmer’s market that takes place every month.

It’s also known for being the home of many footballers including Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Michael Carrick and enjoys breathtaking views of the Cheshire Plain, which makes the perfect destination in which to walk, when you are not shopping, drinking or eating.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A5103. Free parking for two hours can be found at Ryleys Lane and South Street.

Regular trains also run between Manchester Piccadilly and Alderley Edge.

Uppermill  

Uppermill near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 13 miles

There are many cute villages near Manchester to visit and one of the best of them is Uppermill.

Situated on the northeast side of Greater Manchester, it enjoys a picturesque location on high moorland, within the Pennines close to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. 

A popular stop-off point for those heading to nearby Saddleworth, the charming town has a nice mix of restaurants and cafes, headlined arguably by The Waggon Inn, which does a terrific roast.

As you walk around the town, be sure to pop into its various crafts shops and quaint bookshop, while the Saddleworth museum features interesting displays of its Roman history.

During your time in Uppermill, don’t be surprised if you are invited to play ‘cobbling’. This is a unique local pastime that involves a bag of cement, a closed road and a barrel of cobblestones!

HOW TO GET THERE:  Drive along the A62. You will find lots of free parking here. But try New Street and Smithy Lane.

In nearby Greenfield, which is less than a mile away, there is a train station which has a regular service to Manchester. 

Knutsford 

Knutsford

  • Time / Distance: 35 minutes, 19 miles

Sitting on the fringes of the rolling countryside of Cheshire, Knutsford is a stunning market town which lays claim to being one of the best villages to live near Manchester.

Renowned for its gorgeous cobblestone side streets, stately architecture and fascinating history, its town centre is a lovely place to walk around.

Along its two major thoroughfares of Princess Street and Queen Street, you will find a host of landmarks of local and cultural importance.

This includes The Moor, a lush 5.5-acre parkland, as well as The Penny Farthing Museum and Knutsford Heritage centre.

Another popular place to visit in Knutsford is the 50-acre Tatton Park. This famous National Trust property is a lovely place for a picnic and a stroll. It includes a mansion, an estate and a farm.

It’s also one of the best places near Manchester to see deer.

Throughout the town, you will also find lots of points of interest relating to Elizabeth Gaskell, who was a former resident.

In between these landmarks are some lovely shops and eateries. Try the huge prawns at the Balchao Restaurant, when you fancy something to eat.

HOW TO GET THERE:  Drive along the A5103 and M56. Free parking for 2 hours is available at the car parks on King Street and Silk Mill Street.

Trains regularly run between Manchester Piccadilly and Knutsford.

Marsden  

  • Time / Distance: 35 minutes, 18 miles

Lying just 8 miles from Huddersfield, the small village of Marsden is another interesting destination to head to on a day trip from Manchester.

Featuring rows of houses constructed around a central shopping precinct, the town has an old-world feel to it, with plenty of its buildings being made of sandstone or local grit.

This precinct has a nice selection of retail outlets and cafes including the popular Bistro 11.

Running through the village is the River Colne, which provides a nice waterside location to walk by. However, the main attraction here is the trails that meander through the Marsden and Colne Valley areas. 

One of the most popular of these is the Wessenden Valley which passes waterfalls, reservoirs and streams.

While the iconic Tunnel End is a canal basin area that leads into Lancashire from underneath the Pennines.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A62. You will find parking available at Marsden Train Station.

Trains also regularly go between Manchester Piccadilly and Marsden.

Bamford 

Bamford near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 25 minutes, 11 miles

Bamford is another of the nice villages near Manchester you should check out when you have some time spare.

Nestled within the Hope Valley, in the Peak District in Derbyshire, it enjoys a splendid location beneath the imperious Bamford Edge and on the banks of the River Derwent.

A lovely region to explore on foot or by bike, you’ll enjoy every minute of walking or cycling around the Ladybower or Howden Reservoirs.

Hikers will also relish the challenge of tackling the Derwent Edge, which showcases terrific views the more you get into it.

When not exploring its natural surroundings, the village has a lovely sculpture trail to follow. It also has a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants including Cintra’s Tea Rooms and Maazi which serves up outstanding Indian food.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the Rochdale Road. Free parking is available in the layby parking you will find on New Road.

There are also regular train services between Manchester Piccadilly and Bamford.

Clitheroe  

Clitheroe near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 50 minutes, 34 miles

Situated near the Forest of Bowland, about 34 miles from Manchester, the town of Clitheroe has a lot going for it.

Often used as a base by tourists to visit the area, one of its main attractions is the 12th-century Clitheroe Castle which is believed to hold one of Britain’s smallest keeps. 

Overlooking both the forest and the town, it features an excellent museum that documents its fascinating history. It also showcases marvellous views from the hills that surround it.

Other Scheduled Ancient Monuments include Edisford Bridge and the Bellmanpark Lime kiln. Both of which are worth a detour too.

When you are in the town itself, you will find Clitheroe boasts several, independent, locally-owned shops and businesses including the fabulous Exchange Coffee Company.

The Brizola Bar and Grill is also a good place to visit for some Greek-inspired food.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M66. Parking is available at the Clitheroe Market Car Park, North Street Car Park and Lowergate Car Park.

Clitheroe town centre is also easy to get to by train from Manchester as well.

Whalley  

Whalley near Manchester

  • Time / Distance:  45 minutes, 30 miles

Boasting a very dramatic setting, Whalley is a large size village in the Ribble Valley that is about a 45-minute drive from Manchester.

Nestled on the scenic banks of the River Calder, it is presided over by the bosky Whalley Nab, a dense woodland hill that lies over the other side of the river from the village.

As well as the stunning countryside setting which offers several opportunities for ambling around, many visitors come here to see the Whalley Abbey.

A former Cistercian abbey which is now a retreat and conference house.

Others choose to explore the Forest of Bowland, while at night The Grand, a popular music venue, presents some wonderful performances across all genres.

Before you head there, try a bite to eat at the King Street Kitchen and the Breda Murphy Restaurant, which are among the best local restaurants.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M66. Free parking for 2 hours is available at Hankinson Way.

Trains operate regularly between Manchester Piccadilly and Whalley.

Holcombe  

Peel Tower in Holcombe

Of all the villages around Manchester, few can compare with Holcombe when it comes to character, quaintness and scenic beauty.

Situated on the slopes of Holcombe Moor, a lot of the moorland that surrounds the village is immaculately looked after by the National Trust.

As a result, it is a very popular destination for cyclists, walkers and birders.

Visitors of a certain vintage might recall some of the scenery as the site of the assault course that was used on the famous TV show The Krypton Factor back in the 1980s and 1990s.

However, arguably the most iconic landmark in the area is the Peel Tower. Standing 128 feet high, it conveys magnificent views over Manchester and parts of North Wales.

Most of the buildings here take the form of stone cottages and farms. But you will also find a popular public house in the village named the Shoulder of Mutton, as well as an excellent Indian restaurant called the Mala.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M66. There is plenty of parking available around town.

Buses also operate from Manchester to Holcombe too.

Bromley Cross 

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 17 miles

Recently, the suburb of Bromley Cross was named in a survey that was commissioned by Family Investments as one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom.

So as it is only a 30-minute drive away from Manchester, you might want to pay a visit there to see what it is like.

Whilst in the town, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained. This includes sampling a few drops at Turton Wines, enjoying a walk through the leafy Jumbles Country Park and checking out the Bolton Steam Museum.

There are several interesting shops, galleries and other museums you can peruse whilst you are there.

While your food options should include The Pack Horse and Giuseppe’s Restaurant and Bar. Both of these are highly recommended for their terrific service and excellent meals.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A56. There is a Park & Ride on Chapeltown Road that will get you into the main town centre.

You can also get to Bromley Cross by bus and train from Manchester.

Mossley  

Mossley near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 11 miles

Tucked away at the foothills of the Pennines, within the Upper Tame Valley, Mossley is a charming town with a rich industrial heritage.

Surrounded by spectacular scenery, it is a wonderful place to come for a digital detox and to reconnect with nature.

One of the best places to do this is at Mossley Park which is a lovely green space. It also has occasional live music performances which is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

For those who want to find out more about the area’s cotton-spinning past, the Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre exhibits what life was like in the giant mills that dominated industry back in the day.

The town itself has several shops to hold your interest.

Whilst there, be sure to look out for The Royal George which is a pub full of character that offers tasty food.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A635. Free parking is available at Station Road, Mellor Lane and Old Mill Lane.

The town lies on the Leeds and Manchester lines of the Northwestern railway, so is easy to get to by train.

Malham  

Malham in Yorkshire Dales

  • Time / Distance: 1 hour and 20 minutes, 53 miles

One of the most popular villages near Manchester to visit is Malham.

Nestled at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales, this small village in North Yorkshire is a gorgeous place that features a stream that runs through it.

Surrounded by limestone walls, one of the main attractions here is the breathtaking Malham Cove.

This is particularly popular with fans of Harry Potter as it appeared in the film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows , as the site where he and Hermione Grainger established a camp at the top of it.

Other places worth visiting include Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar, which is a stunning gorge, replete with waterfalls, that swathe into the limestone hillside. 

After a full day of exploring you are going to want a drink and a bite to eat. Thankfully The Lister Arms provides a fantastic venue to do this.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A59. Paid parking is available at the Yorkshire Dales National Centre car park.

Looking for more cute Yorkshire villages near Manchester ? Check out this article!

Leek  

  • Time / Distance: 1 hour, 34 miles

Taking around an hour to drive there. Leek is one of the furthest market towns on this list from Manchester. But don’t let that stop you from going there.

Situated on the River Churnet, about 10 miles from Stoke-on-Trent, this historic town was awarded its royal charter as long ago as 1214!

If you love listed buildings there are several you can see in town. These include St Edward the Confessor’s, which was the original parish church, and All Saints, a stunning Victorian Church. 

You’ll also enjoy walking around the Pickwood Recreation Ground, Woodcroft Recreation Ground and Westwood Recreation Ground if you enjoy beautiful, expansive green spaces.

Foodies will be in their element too, as the likes of Mehek, a top-notch Indian restaurant and The Lazy Trout are among the many fantastic eateries available to you.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A523. You will find several car parks including those on the High Street, Market Place, Stockwell Street and St Edwards Street.

Broadbottom  

Broadbottom near Manchester

  • Time / Distance: 25 minutes, 12 miles

Located at the outer reaches of Greater Manchester, Broadbottom has a charming, timeless quality to it that has to be seen to be believed.

Complete with a comely river, charming stone houses and the silhouettes of rolling hills hovering in the background, this idyllic Tameside village is also nestled right on the River Etherow.

Once home to a booming textile industry which was the catalyst for the area changing from rural farmland to an industrial village, the area oozes history.

Offering easy entry to Great Wood, the largest woodland in Tameside, it is another perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature for a while. 

Other nearby highlights include the ruins of Melandra Castle, the Melandra Roman Fort, and the Torr Vale Mill.

If you get a chance, have a pint and some food at the Harewood Arms. Which will also serve up a healthy insight into semi-rural life.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A57 and M67. Free parking is available at Broadbottom Station.

As well as by car, you can get from Manchester to Broadbottom by train. It only takes 20 minutes.

Edale  

  • Time / Distance: 55 minutes, 29 miles

Signifying the start and the end of the Pennine Way, Edale is a small village that provides access to a big attraction.

It’s the ideal place to visit if you want to discover some of the best Peak District walks near Manchester.

From that starting point, you will be able to partake in a range of outdoor-related activities including ascending Grindsbrook, walking the Edale Skyline, visiting the Edale church and walking the Great Ridge.

If you are up early enough you can also climb Mam Tor at sunrise and visit the Kinder Downfall.

Situated just under an hour’s drive from Manchester, the village is one of the most picturesque on this list. One of the best things to do whilst you are there is to just sit and look out at the wonderful scenery.

If you can do this while enjoying a pint and a meal at The Old Nags Head, then all the better.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the A624. Parking is available on Edale Road and at the train station.

The village has a terrific railway station which is a stop on the Manchester to Sheffield railway line.

Lymm  

  • Time / Distance: 30 minutes, 18 miles

Lymm is somewhere you will instantly fall in love with.

Recently listed in the top 20 ‘most Instagrammable villages’ in the United Kingdom, it boasts a serene landscape of streams, canals and verdant farmland.

Situated near Warrington, it is notable for having a dinosaur footprint that is over 240 million years old!

It also features the Lymm Dam which was built in 1824 and is arguably its main attraction, along with the 3.5-mile Lymm Heritage Walk that also showcases the Dingle, Slitten Gorge and Bridgewater Canal.

The beautiful town is also home to some historic structures like the Grade I Listed Lymm Cross and the reverential St Mary’s Church which was built in 1850.

Well known for the various events it holds throughout the year including a Beer Festival, Historic Transport Day, Duck Race and Dickensian Day, Lymm is also renowned for its excellent dining scene.

One of the best restaurants in town is La Boheme, which is an exceptional restaurant that stands up to anything you will find in Manchester.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive along the M602. Parking can be found in Lymm Village at Pepper Street, Henry Street and Davies Way car parks.

Several buses run from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens to Lymm.

Looking for a cute Cheshire village near Manchester? Prestbury is the perfect destination for you!

Located near Macclesfield, Prestbury is the kind of place where time seems to slow down, with its cobbled streets, historic timber-framed houses, and the soothing sounds of the River Bollin flowing by.

The houses in Prestbury are absolutely stunning and you will love walking around the village. You will also find some historical sites such as the St. Peter’s Church.

You can also treat yourself to a tasty bite or a cuppa at Henry’s Cafe. It’s a cute cafe in the village and they sell delicious homemade cakes.

If you are up for a walk, the Prestbury and Mottram Saint Andrew Walk is a popular hike in the area. It’s a 5-mile long walk that will take you around the surrounding areas.

HOW TO GET THERE: If you are driving, it will take about 45 minutes to get to Prestbury (Wilmslow way). Alternatively, you can also take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Prestbury. It takes 27 minutes.

If you are looking for a bit of a hidden gem of a village near Manchester, Rainow might just be the place for you!

It’s located near Macclesfield and the Peak District, making it the perfect place to explore if you want to discover the countryside in Cheshire.

Although the village is small, it has a lively community and you will enjoy walking around it. Two of the most notable landmarks are the Jenkin Chapel, which was built in 1733 and the Anglican church (1846).

Rainow is also a great base for hikers since you will find some of the best Peak District walks starting here.

Finally, make sure to check out the Lamaload Reservoir, which is one of the best reservoirs near Manchester for a walk and views.

HOW TO GET THERE: The easiest way to get to Rainow from Manchester is to drive. It takes about 50 minutes.

If you want to take public transport, you can take the train to Macclesfield from Piccadilly station and then take a bus to Rainow.

Now that you know everything about the prettiest villages near Manchester, it’s time to go and explore the surrounding areas. You’ll have a lot of fun!

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‘Enhancing the wellbeing and empowerment of individuals and the wider community through heritage and the natural environment’

The Garden House is a registered charity and community farm in Marple, Stockport providing a calm place of wellbeing for families, individuals, groups and organisations.

We’re home to a variety of animals including; Pigs, Alpacas, Rabbits, Goats, Shetland Ponies, Donkeys and Guinea Pigs. Our sensory garden and riverside walk offer a tranquil space to enjoy nature.

Public entry is by a recommended minimum donation of £5 per person. You can make a donation on entry by cash or on your phone. Under 3s go free.  Booking is required for any visiting group of 6 or more. Please enquire here

We’re open 10-4 Tuesday to Sunday and CLOSED every Monday, including Bank Holiday Mondays, for essential maintenance.

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The day to day running of the farm and the  Riverside Cafe and Icy Bar is led by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

We welcome organisations and groups who support children and young adults with a range of physical and mental health challenges and we can provide opportunity for a low cost one-off group visit or regular placements.

We promote sustainability, active lives through nature, and raise awareness of mental health and animal welfare.

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Five of the best canal-side walks for when the sun is shining

T here's no denying that the weather this summer has left a lot to be desired. July was Greater Manchester's wettest on record with thunderstorms, flooded roads and downpours certainly putting a dampener on the start of the school holidays.

However, things look like they're improving - at least for the next couple of days. The Met Office is forecasting highs of 22C in the coming days for the region, so if you've been itching to get outside, now is the time.

On a sunny spring day, Greater Manchester’s canals really are some of the best places to visit. With water glistening in the sun, and fully blossomed flora and fauna to admire at along the footpaths, you really can't beat it.

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Below, we've put together a quick guide to some of the region's best - and don't worry, there are no challenging inclines or complicated routes to worry about either, making it a day out for all ages and abilities. From urban expeditions allowing you to soak up the industrial past, to idyllic moorland stretches, there’s a variety of waterside walks where you can soak up the sun and the scenery.

Marple Locks, Stockport

Only a short train ride from Manchester city centre, you'll find the picturesque villages of Marple and Marple Bridge - home to a raft of independent shops, beautiful parks, and a network of fully operating locks. The scenic walk taking in all 16 locks, stretches over the course of one mile and includes highlights like Marple Aqueduct, the highest canal aqueduct in England, with beautiful stone archways. Standing next to a railway bridge it’s a great spot to get some dramatic photos of the two bridges, while below you can take a breather on one of the benches and take in this truly impressive example of engineering.

Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford and Salford Quays

As one of the most significant industrial landmarks in the area's history, a visit to Manchester Ship Canal offers the chance to soak up our rich past and heritage. And while the canal is 36 miles long, this walk will take you along five miles of waterway. Starting in Warburton, the route first takes you along the Bollin Valley Way, before heading northeast until it joins the canal with Glazebrook, leading towards Carrington. Notable landmarks and features include a 19th century viaduct, Paddington Meadows Nature Reserve, and Salford Quays.

The Wharf, Castlefield

If you're already in the city centre and seeking out a leisurely stroll with a good chance of a pub or bar at the end of it, then look no further. Starting off at The Wharf pub and looping back around, this Castlefield canal walk is the perfect trail and takes in the waterways of the Bridgewater Canal, as you navigate a series of waterside and inner-city paths. Sights along the way include the Beetham Tower, and Castlefield Basin and you can easily venture further towards Salford and watch as the skyline opens up - or just turn back and enjoy a drink at the Wharf instead.

Uppermill to Diggle, Oldham

Uppermill, a village once famous for its wool and cotton mills, is a great spot to head to on a sunny day. Sitting on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and surrounded by the stunning Saddleworth Moor on the edge of the Pennines, many families head here for the canal and riverside walks with friends and family. A stunning stretch of canal to explore is the path between Uppermill to Diggle, which is crossed by pretty bridges and incredible views of Saddleworth Moor. Reward yourself with a scoop - or two - at Grandpa Greene’s Luxury Ice Cream beside the canal at the end.

Worsley, Salford

Whether you just fancy a stroll around the village of Worsley, or want to challenge yourself with the 7.5 mile route from Trafford to Worsley you'll definitely reap the rewards when you reach your destination. Starting at the United Trinity statue by Old Trafford, along this path you can expect to take in Manchester’s heavy industrial landscape and history with landmarks including the Kellogg’s factory and Trafford Park, before reaching Worsley on the Bridgewater Canal, an idyllic village with beautiful mock Tudor buildings, pretty greens and areas of woodland.

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25 Things to Eat, See and Do This Summer — From Staying at Prince's Purple Rain House to Exploring an Ice Cave

From music festival hopping to trying the most delicious croissants in America, these travel spots don't need to wait for your bucket list

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  • Hike in a Flower Field

After the winter snow melts, the Rocky Mountain town of Crested Butte, Colo. , comes alive when miles of colorful wildflowers blanket its meadows. Visit during the July wildflower festival , when all the flowers are in full bloom.

2. Hang With the Penguins

Called the world’s largest penguin facility, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo is a massive 326,000-gallon, 25-ft.-deep aquatic habitat of ice, water and fresh snow. Visitors can walk through the underwater gallery with see-through tunnels and walls and observe the birds playing, swimming and exploring the world around them.

3. Stay Gold at The Outsiders House

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Used as the Curtis brothers’ home in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film , the white bungalow in Tulsa, Okla. is now a museum with memorabilia and rare behind-the-scenes photos. The movie, based on S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel, starred then-newcomers Rob Lowe , Matt Dillon , Ralph Macchio , Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise .

4. Immerse Yourself in Art

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Jewel’s self-curated exhibit “The Portal” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., features a 200-piece drone show , a meditative art walk and private works by the singer — including a painting she created of her son.

5. Spend a Day in Space

The Astronaut Training Experience at Kennedy Space Center in Florida lets kids experience the sensation of microgravity and walking on Mars — all while tackling real-world challenges using NASA science.

6. Indulge at a Wine Spa

Enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s wine region in a new way. At the Salamander Middleburg resort, pampering treatments include a pinot noir body wrap, a vino facial and a grape-seed scrub and massage.

7. Dine at the Newest Hot Spot

One of the toughest reservations to snag in New York City, Coqodaq has made Korean fried chicken and champagne the ultimate pairing. Order the bucket of ultra-crispy, rice-flour-breaded pieces (which includes an array of sides and dipping sauces!) and juicy chicken nuggets generously dolloped with caviar.

8. Make New Friends at Garth’s Bar

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“A lot of love has gone into this building,” Garth Brooks said about his Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk , which opened in Nashville in March. Named after his 1990 hit song, the four-story venue boasts a retractable stage repurposed from his 1997 Central Park concert, a rooftop “Oasis” with 10-ft.-tall palm trees and a menu with dishes by wife and fellow Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood . “You can’t have a Garth Brooks bar and not have Trisha food in it,” she said. Favorites include Brooks’ lettuce-less Cobb salad (“just extra of all the good stuff”), chicken tenders and a spicy chili that, she said, stays “true to its Nashville hot chicken roots.”

9. See PEOPLE Through the Years

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The “PEOPLE: Celebrating 50 Years” exhibit at Fotografiska museum in New York City showcases archival covers (see Mia Farrow on PEOPLE’s very first issue in 1974), iconic portraits and an interactive area that lets visitors become cover stars themselves! May 9-June 3

10 → 13. Rock Out at a Music Festival

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Dave Matthews Band , Blink-182 and the Killers headline the weekend along the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk. Sept. 27-29

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Splash around Shrek’s swamp, scream out loud on the Trolls Trollercoaster, and learn new moves with Kung Fu Panda ’s Po when DreamWorks Land opens on June 14 at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

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Walk down to the beach at sunset to watch as thousands of glowing rafts are set adrift at O‘ahu’s Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawai’i festival to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. The lanterns are gathered up afterward and cleaned for use another year. May 27

17. Step Into a Picture Book

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Children’s stories come to life at the Rabbit Hole , a new museum in Kansas City, Mo. Within the 40 life-size, book-themed exhibits — from Goodnight Moon to Caps for Sale to Robert the Rose Horse — kids play, touch, climb and, of course, read as much as they want.

18. Explore a Frozen World

Summer is the time to visit the Mendenhall Glacier — a 13-mile-long glacier located outside Juneau, Alaska — and the spectacular blue ice caves that have naturally formed inside.

19. Go Grazy in the Purple Rain House

In August Airbnb is allowing Prince fans to spend a night in the real Purple Rain house in Minneapolis. Guests can listen to unreleased music, browse memorabilia and sleep in the purple basement bedroom — a replica of the one from the 1983 film. Prince bought the home, now owned by his estate, in 2015.

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Mania for cookie-dough-stuffed croissants started in Paris earlier this year but has come stateside to Houston’s EaDough . They now offer flavors like birthday cake in addition to chocolate chip but, plan ahead, because they sell out almost every day.

21. Flat Croissant

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A spin on the trend that took off in South Korea earlier this year, the pressed croissants are buttery with a sugary, crunchy exterior. Alexander’s Patisserie in the San Francisco Bay Area offers classic plain and croissants dipped in flavors like mango and strawberry-chocolate.

23. Hot Chocolate Croissant

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At Lakon Paris Patisserie in Newton Highlands, Mass., their edible spiral croissant-cups are filled with sippable dark hot cocoa and topped with sweet whipped cream, mini marshmallows and chocolate pearls.

24. Croissant Cereal

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Lines form early at Brooklyn’s L’Appartement 4F . Their bite-size croissants are painstakingly hand-rolled, coated in cinnamon-sugar syrup and meant to be eaten in a bowl with milk.

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The 487-mile loop from Las Vegas runs down Nevada’s Route 375, known as the Extraterrestrial Highway . Shop for souvenirs at the Alien Research Center (a gift shop with a two-story silver alien outside), eat saucer-shaped burgers at Little A’Le’Inn , and drive past Area 51 — the restricted military base that’s rumored to house UFO secrets.

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FX’s The Bear is a love letter to Chicago dining, even if Chef Carmy ( Jeremy Allen White ) is too busy putting out fires in his restaurant to explore the city. During season 2, Chef Sydney ( Ayo Edebiri ) stops by Margie’s Candies , a century-old candy and ice cream parlor, for its classic ice-cream sundae while getting the scoop on the local food scene. (In 1933 late owner George Poulos renamed the store after his wife, Margie Michaels.) Viewers left hungry for season 3 (premiering June 27) can scoot into a booth at the beloved spot or re-create a bit of the magic at home with this sundae recipe.

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle visit Nigeria, share mental health message with students

Harry and Meghan are spending three days in Nigeria.

Prince Harry and Meghan , the Duchess of Sussex, are no longer working royals, having stepped away from the role four years ago, but for the next several days, the Sussexes are on a trip that looks similar to their royal tours of the past .

On Friday, Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, kicked off a three-day visit to Nigeria, a country in West Africa that they are both visiting for the first time.

Harry and Meghan's visit has no affiliation with Britain's royal family , and is instead at the invitation of the country's Chief of Defense Staff, its highest-ranking military official.

Their three-day visit will have the couple interacting with not only military officials but also locals, including women leaders and servicemen and women.

On Friday, Harry and Meghan visited a school in the capital city of Abuja together, kicking off an inaugural mental health summit run by a local nonprofit, GEANCO, which is affiliated with their Archewell Foundation. The couple was serenaded with cheers and dancing by the children.

PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan visit children at the Lights Academy in Abuja, Nigeria, May 10, 2024.

Harry spoke to the students and teachers about why it's important to break the stigma around mental health and acknowledge how you feel.

"Every single person in this room, the youngest, the oldest, every single person has mental health. So therefore, you have to look after yourself to be able to look after other people. And other people have to be able to look after themselves, to look after you. That's the way it works. And there is no shame to be able to acknowledge that today is a bad day, OK?" Harry told the crowd.

He added, "[If] you woke up this morning feeling sad, and you left school feeling stressed, and you've lost a loved one in your family, and you don't know who you talk to or who to speak to -- all of these things you may be led to believe are not for conversation, we are here today to tell you that that is not the case. Every single one of those things is completely normal. It is a human reaction, whether it's grief, stress, whatever the feeling is, it comes from an experience that you have had. You can have it. She can have it. I can have it. They can have it. Every single one of us is likely to have that on any given day. So, if you take anything away from today, just know that mental health affects every single person in the entire world."

PHOTO:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walk out after meeting the students at the Lightway Academy in Abuja, Nigeria, May 10, 2024.

While visiting a kindergarten class, the children had the couple on their feet again for a joyous game of "jump up, turn around."

Harry asked a student, "Is singing and dancing your favorite class?"

Meghan added that their daughter Lili, who is about to turn 3, also loves "all the jumping around."

PHOTO: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan ,Duchess of Sussex, meet with children during their visit at the Lightway Academy in Abuja on May 10, 2024.

They also visited a STEM class where students shared robot cars they'd built, and Meghan revealed her son Archie, now 5, liked construction too.

The couple were gifted a traditional wooden mask and books about Nigerian heritage.

What else to expect from Harry and Meghan's trip

Harry will also meet with injured service members at a local military hospital during the trip, a spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed to ABC News, and the couple plan to meet with the Chief of Defense Staff.

On Saturday, the couple plan to attend a training session for Nigeria: Unconquered, a nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Invictus Games , a Paralympic-style competition for wounded service members that Harry founded in 2014.

Meghan is also scheduled to co-host an event on women in leadership with the director general of the World Trade Organization.

On Sunday, their final day in Nigeria, Harry and Meghan will attend a basketball clinic and a "cultural reception," according to their spokesperson.

The couple will also attend a polo fundraiser for Nigeria: Unconquered.

PHOTO: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet with NATO Joint Force Command and families from Italy and Netherlands during day five of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023, Sept. 14, 2023, in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Just as they did during their days as working royals, Harry and Meghan are accompanied on the trip by a pool reporter and photographer, according to their spokesperson.

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