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A picturesque village in the Pennines

Belmont in Lancashire boasts some stunning countryside, and the immediate area is a must for lovers of the great outdoors. As well as showing off the landscapes of the north west at their best, it lies between Bolton to the south and Blackburn to the north, making day trips to either nice and easy via the A666. Manchester, of course, is just a little further beyond Bolton. Mind you, you'll have to tear yourself away from the scenery first�

Blow off those cobwebs at Winter Hill

Rivington Pike and Winter Hill make for excellent hikes, with the walk up Winter Hill beginning just outside Belmont. There are some terrific reservoirs Nearby for those hoping for a lakeside stroll, with Anglezarke Reservoir to the west and Entwhistle and Wayoh to the east. The walk up Great Hill on Anglezarke Moor offers some stunning views, too. Don't forget your binoculars - there are birds aplenty around here.

Head to Blackburn and Bolton

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is one of many attractions that may draw you north, while the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre in Bolton makes for an unusual but fascinating way to while away an afternoon. Both towns boast a wealth of dining opportunities and bars if your daytrip turns into a night out. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Belmont? Travelodge Blackburn M65 hotel, Travelodge Preston Chorley hotel and Travelodge Bolton Central River Street hotel are all under 10 miles away.