With lighter nights, the Easter holidays and lockdown rules being eased, this week will be the perfect time to explore the best parks and beauty spots Tameside has to offer.

From Monday (March 29) up to six people, or two households, will be able to spend time together outdoors while maintaining social distancing.

Tameside residents are blessed with beautiful parks and stunning surroundings to enjoy, with spring now well under way.

Walking around the borough's beauty spots has become a ritual for many people throughout the pandemic.

Here is a selection of some of the best parks and beauty spots in Tameside to explore with family and friends under the new lockdown rules.

Stamford Park

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Stamford Park is a perfect spot for a spring day

Scenic Stamford Park is Tameside's top-rated park on Trip Advisor - and it is easy to see why people love it so dearly.

The park is steeped in history, opening in 1873 on the border of Stalybridge and Ashton-under-Lyne, following three decades of calls for open space that mill workers could benefit from.

With gardens, a duck pond and playground, Stamford Park is the ideal place to spend a sunny spring day surrounded by nature.

Stamford Park, Stamford Street, Stalybridge, OL6 6RW

Gower Hey Wood

Gower Hey
Gower Hey Woods has been a haven for walkers in Gee Cross during the pandemic

This nine-hectare woodland is a real hidden gem in Gee Cross.

With a number of important wildlife habitats, and a variety of trees at more than 150 years old, the woodland is an ideal spot to explore the great outdoors.

Gower Hey Wood is a popular spot for walkers and runners, and could be an ideal place to get some exercise and fresh air.

Gower Hey Wood, Gee Cross, SK14 5DR

Cheetham Park

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The herbaceous border is an eye-catching feature at Cheetham Park

Cheetham Park, in Stalybridge, is packed with character and plenty of things to explore.

Visitors can enjoy the Cheetham Park nature trail with horticultural and historical features, while herbaceous perennials have been planted to boost wildlife.

The sculpture trail will impress the whole family, while visitors can also explore the Eastwood Nature Reserve and the park's community orchard.

Cheetham Park, Acres Ln, Stalybridge, SK15 2JR

Werneth Low

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Werneth Low is the place to go for panoramic views of Manchester

One of the best-loved walking spots in Tameside, Werneth Low is well known for its stunning views.

The country park covers 80 hectares of land with footpaths, cycle routes and picnic areas to explore.

On a clear day, the panoramic view of Manchester is unrivalled, while you can even see as far as the Welsh mountains if the conditions are right.

Werneth Low Country Park, Higham Ln, Hyde, SK14 5LR

Hartshead Pike

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Hartshead Pike was rebuilt in 1863

If you're looking for a more challenging stroll, then Hartshead Pike near Mossley could be perfect.

At 876ft above ground, Hartshead Pike is the ideal place for exercise, with stunning views of the north west from the top.

The iconic Grade II-listed tower, which was rebuilt in 1863, is well worth exploring at the top of the hill.

Hartshead Pike, Mossley, OL6 9AF

Haughton Dale

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Expect to see plenty of wildlife at Haughton Dale

One of many popular parts of the Tame Valley, Haughton Dale is Tameside's biggest nature reserve.

Ancient meadows are joined by newer woodlands which have been planted where textile mills, coal mining and glassmaking sites once stood.

Expect to see plenty of wildlife, with a variety of insects common during the spring and summer months.

Haughton Dale Nature Reserve, Gibraltar Ln, Denton, M34 7PY

Stalybridge Country Park

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Stalybridge Country Park is another Tameside gem

Another gem in Stalybridge, the country park features two sections - the Brushes Valley, in Millbrook, and Carrbrook - linked with footpaths.

The former industrial landscape is now a hub for wildlife and a popular spot for picnics.

For those looking for a more adventurous walk, a trip up to the top of Wild Bank is well worth it for the breathtaking views.

Stalybridge Country Park, Stalybridge, SK15 3EY