Sensory playgrounds for children, a second world war airfield converted into a deer park, and an ever-changing stretch of coastline are among your favourites
Skirting the southern edge of Manchester, Turn Moss and Chorlton water meadows offer a huge swathe of countryside just five miles from the city centre. Bisected by the River Mersey, they are home to at least 67 species of birds, and the rare Daubenton’s bat. During the second world war, mock housing and factory buildings were built of plywood on Turn Moss as decoys to distract German bombers from nearby factories. The area still sports a historic hedge marking the traditional boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire. It was threatened last year with construction by Gary Neville’s Salford City FC, but a local grassroots campaign successfully fought to keep this green space open to all.