One hour from: Manchester

It's green and pleasant amid those dark satanic mills

See Manchester's impressive new city-centre developments, keep abreast of the Commonwealth Games, but allow time for its surrounding countryside.

See Manchester's impressive new city-centre developments, keep abreast of the Commonwealth Games, but allow time for its surrounding countryside.

Bronte Country

In the isolated Pennine upland area of West Yorkshire, Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived and wrote their classics at the Parsonage at Haworth. The quaint village has top tea-shops and the usual book-shops, restaurants and pubs. Play at Cathy and Heathcliffe on Top Withens moor, then cross impressive National Trust woodland, Hardcastle Craggs, to Heptonstall village.

By car: take the M60 to junction 21, then follow signs for A6033 Howarth; 55 mins.

Buxton

This delightful Derbyshire town with its gracious Georgian terraces is famous for its mineral water which flows freely from the St Anne's Well. Begin your visit with the Pavilion Gardens and the newly restored Opera House, a fine example of Frank Matcham's celebrated architectural style and home of the international music festivals.

By car: take the A6 from Manchester city centre to Hazel Grove, bear left and continue on the A53; 40 mins.

The Quays

Bringing together Salford Quays, Old Trafford and Trafford Wharf, The Quays is an exciting fusion of the traditional and cutting edge. The epicentre of Manchester's expansion during the Industrial Revolution and one of the UK's largest inland waterways, The Quays is now a cultural hotspot, a waterfront with remarkable architecture, including The Lowry centre and the soon to open Imperial War Museum North.

By car: take the M602 and follow signs; 15 mins. By tram: take the Metrolink to Harbour City or Broadway then short walk; 15 mins.

Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail

This 30-mile footpath stretches from Salford Quays, through Bury and up to the River Irwell's Pennine source, near Bacup in Lancashire. Here is the UK's only public commission of internationally renowned sculptor Edward Allington and the largest work of Ulrich Ruckriem. The trail is developed in sections so you can see several sculptures in the same cluster, for example start at Ramsbottom, walk to Bury past Allington's Tilted Vase, then return on the East Lancashire Railway line.

By car: take the M60 to junction 18, and the M66 to Ramsbottom; 50 mins.

Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Picture postcard Healey Dell is a deeply incised magical valley near Rochdale with the river Spodden running through it. The local sandstone rock has eroded creating a stunning valley with wonderful waterfalls and rocky outcrops. Many woollen mills were built here during the industrial era, but only remnants of these now remain.

By car: take the M62 followed by the A671 and follow signs; 30 mins.

Pendle

Follow the picturesque Pendle Witches Trail and retrace (by car) the route of the witches who are said to have walked from Pendle Hill to Lancaster Castle where they were tried and executed in 1612.

By car: M62, M66 and M65 to Colne, and signs; 55 mins. By train: to Colne; over an hour.

Malmaison Hotel Manchester ( www.malmaison.com; 0161-278 1000; ) has b&b from £120 per room per night. Virgin Trains (08457 222 333; www.virgin.com/trains) offers return fares from London to Manchester from £20. Europcar's (0870 607 5000; www.europcar.co.uk) weekend car hire from Manchester airport is from £49.41.

Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice candidates Roisin Hogan, Solomon Akhtar, Mark Wright, Bianca Miller, Daniel Lassman
tvReview: But which contestants got the boot?
Life and Style
A woman walks by a pandal art installation entitled 'Mars Mission' with the figure of an astronaut during the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, India
techHow we’ll investigate the existence of, and maybe move in with, our alien neighbours
Arts and Entertainment
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ride again in Dumb and Dumber To
filmReview: Dumb And Dumber To was a really stupid idea
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Ian McKellen tempts the Cookie Monster
tvSir Ian McKellen joins the Cookie Monster for a lesson on temptation
News
i100
Travel
Tourists bask in the sun beneath the skyscrapers of Dubai
travelBritish embassy uses social media campaign to issue travel advice for festive holiday-makers in UAE
PROMOTED VIDEO
Voices
Lucerne’s Hotel Château Gütsch, one of the lots in our Homeless Veterans appeal charity auction
charity appeal
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) after his son Olly disappeared on a family holiday in France
tv
News
people

Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt

Sport
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
football
Arts and Entertainment
Jennifer Saunders stars as Miss Windsor, Dennis's hysterical French teacher
filmJennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress
Sport
Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
footballTottenham 4 Newcastle 0: Spurs fans dreaming of Wembley final after dominant win
Life and Style
tech
Voices
Jimmy Mubenga died after being restrained on an aircraft by G4S escorts
voicesJonathan Cox: Tragedy of Jimmy Mubenga highlights lack of dignity shown to migrants
Life and Style
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Klarna, which provides a simple way for people to buy things online
tech
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Ashdown Group: Data Manager - £Market Rate

    Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Data Manager - MySQL, Shell Scripts, Java, VB Scrip...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - Bedfordshire/Cambs border - £32k

    £27000 - £32000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - near S...

    Recruitment Genius: Class 1 HGV Driver

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This successful group of compan...

    Recruitment Genius: HGV Class 2 Lorry Driver / CPC and HIAB Training Provider

    £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A HGV Class 2 Lorry Driver is required t...

    Day In a Page

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
    La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

    Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

    The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
    10 best high-end laptops

    10 best high-end laptops

    From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
    Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

    Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

    The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
    Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

    Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

    The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
    Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

    'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

    After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
    Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

    Homeless Veterans campaign

    Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
    Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

    Meet Racton Man

    Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
    Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

    Garden Bridge

    St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
    Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

    Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

    An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
    Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

    Joint Enterprise

    The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
    Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

    Freud and Eros

    Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum