Manchester itself may be a bit grey and concrete, but the wider region is stuffed with beautiful greenery and scenery.
From the dramatic hills of the Peak District, the tranquility of Macclesfield Forest to the rolling fields of Winter Hill, there are landscapes to suit all tastes and walking abilities.
For months this year, whenever anyone headed out for a walk, they were reliant on pre-packed picnics for refreshment.
But with lockdown gradually easing and hospitality reopening, the pubs are up and running again - and that means post-hike pints are back on the agenda.
Local lockdown restrictions mean we can only dine or drink indoors with members of our own household or support bubble for now.
But people are still allowed to meet in groups of up to six people from different households outdoors, including in beer gardens, as long as social distancing rules are followed.
Larger groups from no more than two households can also meet in outside areas - for example, two families of four from two different houses.
Here are some amazing walks around Greater Manchester that happen to have great pubs nearby.
Peel Tower and Hearth of the Ram
Ramsbottom has enjoyed something of a food and drink awakening in the past few years, and now boasts some of the region's best-loved restaurants and bars.
But as well as that, it's also set in some of the prettiest countryside in Greater Manchester, surrounded by woodland and hills and streams.
Manchester's Countryside has an excellent published walking route for the area, taking in Peel Tower, Holcombe Moor, and Ramsbottom itself in a 9.5km three-hour-ish circular.
An added bonus is that it will take you right past some great pubs, including the Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe village.
Finish up at the Hearth of the Ram, an award-winning (and Michelin approved) pub serving hearty fare from local producers.
You can find the walking map at Visit Bury and book a table for lunch at hearthoftheram.com.
Quarry Bank and The Ship
Quarry Bank is one of the north west's very best National Trust sites.
As well as its historic mill, showing how mill workers would have lived during the Industrial Revolution, the site also has beautiful gardens that rise up from the river valley.
As with many National Trust properties, Quarry Bank is operating at a reduced capacity and requires pre-booking, which you can do at nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank.
Once you've had your fill, trot down the road to The Ship. It's a brilliant pub with big portions that will also present you with a tankard full of homemade pork scratchings.
You can see our full review here, then book a table at theshipstyal.co.uk.
Lantern Pike and The Pack Horse
Lantern Pike is a hill - a big hill - with fantastic 360-degree views from its summit.
You'll be able to see right across the Manchester skyline as well as towards the Peak District and the green farmland that surrounds the hill.
The walk up can be steep but is well worth it for the views - and once you get back down again, you'll find one of the most renowned pubs in the country waiting for you.
The Pack Horse in Hayfield village has an exciting, modern menu that gives some of the city centre's best restaurants a run for its money, but is still a proper pub - muddy boots, muddy dogs, and a quick pint at the bar are all welcomed.
You can read our full review here.
Dunham Massey and the Swan with Two Nicks
The majestic National Trust estate on the outskirts of Altrincham has acres of parkland to explore along with the fallow deer that roam and graze here.
The ancient trees walk is an easy, 4km (2.5 miles) route taking you past huge, gnarled oaks and chestnuts dating back centuries.
Don't forget the check the latest rules and restrictions before you visit at nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey.
Perched on the edge of the estate, a 10 minute walk away, is the Swan With Two Nicks, a dog-friendly village pub with roaring log fires to warm up by after your walk.
Behind the bar there are beers from the neighbouring Dunham Massey brewery as well as the pub’s own-name bitter, made by the Warrington-based Coach House Brewing Company, and the food menu is known for its seafood specialities.
Macclesfield Forest and Leather's Smithy
Situated in the picturesque Peak District National Park, Macclesfield Forest has a number of walking trails winding through its towering pines.
Routes range in difficulty from a gentle 1km (0.6 miles) green route through the nature reserve next to Trentabank Reservoir to a more challenging 9km (5.6 miles) red route taking you deeper into the forest on steeper path, rewarding you with beautiful views over the Cat and Fiddle Moors and the Cheshire Plains.
Once you've explored the woodland and looked out for its resident herd of red deer, make your way past Ridgegate Reservoir to the Leather's Smithy, a cosy 18th century pub serving real ales, locally-distilled Forest Gin made from botanicals foraged nearby, and comforting pub grub.
You can download a walking map from the Peak District website.
Mam Tor and The Bulls Head Hotel
From the summit of Mam Tor, you'll be treated to dramatic views right the way across the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout. On a breezy day, dozens of paragliders soar along the ridge and there are usually sheep pottering around too.
As part of the National Trust, there's plenty of information on parking, routes, and points of interest at nationaltrust.org.uk/kinder-edale-and-the-dark-peak.
There's a long stone path and a series of easy-to-navigate steps to get you up to the top, and if you finish your walk off in Castleton there's no shortage of excellent pubs to refuel in.
The Bulls Head Hotel has a classic English pub interior - dark timber ceiling beams, roaring fires, decorative plates on the walls - but outside has a delightfully light and modern barn conversion normally available for private hire, but currently operating as an ice cream parlour.
If you hike on a Sunday, The Castle 's roast dinners come with some of the fluffiest, crispiest roast potatoes around.
Middlewood Way Marple and Beer Traders
Following the line of the former Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway, the Middlewood Way cuts a flat and accessible route through the picturesque Cheshire countryside.
There's 11 miles (16km) to explore between Marple and Macclesfield with plenty of options to loop back along the Macclesfield Canal, which runs parallel to it.
There are plenty of pubs dotted along the route, which you can find marked out on a trail map available to download from the Cheshire East website.
If you choose a route taking you back into Marple, we'd recommend finishing at Beer Traders, a real ale and craft beer bar and bottle shop.
Heaton Park and Cuckoo
For the easiest, most accessible green space in Manchester (seeing as the city centre is so sorely lacking), take the short tram ride out to Heaton Park.
Serviced by its own tram stop, there are hills to climb, cows to say hello to, a boating lake, and miles of fully accessible footpaths.
Nearby, Bury New Road is rapidly booming into a strip of interesting bars and cafés, and Cuckoo is our favourite. As well as stone-baked pizzas, they've got a decent selection of beers behind the bar including Prestwich-brewed Five Oh.
Lud's Church and the Roaches and The Ship Inn
Lud's Church is easily one of the most remarkable sites in the Peak District - a gaping chasm where the temperature plummets and the damp walls tower way above your head.
It's eerily beautiful, like you've slipped onto a set in Lord of the Rings, and relatively close to the equally remarkable Roaches.
Most walking routes advise you start in Gradbach, but you can also pull up in Danebridge, where there's The Ship Inn, a friendly little country pub that does a decent roast for a low price.
Further down the road is the Wincle Brewery, which runs tours every Saturday for £10 a head and includes a beer tasting.