Tandle Hill Country Park
Between Rochdale and Oldham is 110 acres of verdant grassland and haunting mature beech woodland.
When the weather is good Tandle Hill affords romantic views over the Manchester Plain, the Pennines and even across to the Welsh mountains.
You can visit the countryside centre in the park, which has picnic tables out front and presents information about the park’s wildlife and the history of the area.
You could pick up a leaflet on birds regularly sighted at Tandle Hill, and try to spot a lesser redpoll, twite, song thrush or bullfinch.
There’s a children’s play area with a sandpit, while the cafe is open most weekends.