It is certainly feeling a lot like autumn, with nature's beautiful soft hues enticing people into the great outdoors.

Bolton is blessed with having the countryside on its doorstep, with a variety of very different walks.

Take a trip into the past,for example, in Ainsworth Village, enjoy the wild beauty of Winter Hill, or promenade in Queens Park and take in the golden beauty of autumn.

Here are some walks to enjoy in and around Bolton, with a place to stop and enjoy this most wonderful of seasons.

The Bolton News: Ainsworth Village


Ainsworth History Society has put together a fascinating walk which starts and finishes at The Duke William, a popular pub which dates from the 18th century.

The walk takes in Grade II listed buildings and George’s Wood.

More on the walk can be found here

The Bolton News: Black Dog and Belmont, picture Si Caton

Belmont reservoir is a lovely place to explore, and not far from the centre of Bolton.

From here your can explore the ruins of Hollinshead Hall and enjoy stunning views fro the summit of Great Hill and then onto Hordern Stoops and the village of Belmont, where you can drop by the Black Dog Pub.

Rivington Pike

The popular walk is around three miles long, but it could be further depending on the path you take.

There is a lot to keep you occupied during the walk and the route is particularly beautiful on a sunny day.

It takes you through Rivington Terraced Gardens and there are plenty of paths to take before reaching the Rivington Pike summit.

A pub near the finish line is The Brewery Bar in Horwich.

The Bolton News: Entwistle Reservoir by Fran Taylor and The Strawberry Duck

THE Wayoh and Entwistle reservoirs between them supply more than half of drinking water to Bolton.

And a walk around the area certainly makes for a lovely afternoon that can be enjoyed any time of year.

We recommend starting from Entwistle railway station.

And at the end is the wonderful The Strawberry Duck pub which is known for serving up great food.

The Bolton News: Picture by Ian GuestPicture by Ian Guest

Smithills Estate is the largest site the Woodland Trust has ever acquired in England, steeped in history.

The site provides views over Bolton to Manchester.

And at the end of the walk take a break in the tea room in the grand Smithills Hall