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Greater Manchester beauty spot named one of UK’s top places to go hiking in winter

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A beauty spot at Saddleworth Moor has been named one of the top places to go hiking this winter.

Experts at outdoor retailer Blacks have hand-picked their favourite stunning winter hikes – and The Trinnacle has come out as one of best.

The three-pronged gritstone formation soars above the Greenfield Valley, Dovestone Reservoir and Yeoman Hey Reservoir.

It forms part of the Trinnacle Trail, a 7.9km loop offering views across both reservoirs and the beautiful landscape of the Peak District.

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And it’s easy to see why the destination is so popular; its position on the Oldham border makes it one of the most easily accessible countryside spots for residents of Greater Manchester.

Photographer Joe Dambra, who recommended the route, says the landmark is certainly worth a visit – especially at sunset, when the views are particularly spectacular.

The Trinnacle

He said: “Personally, I like to start the hike from Binn Green Car Park. From there you go clockwise, past Greenfield Reservoir, then climb the brook up onto the moors. Follow the moors for around 20 minutes and you will have arrived at the Trinnacle.”

Joe adds: “The scenery around here is spectacular, especially when you reach the top. The walk itself is quite easy, bar the climb up the brook (particularly in the snow). There are great vistas to enjoy the whole way there; however, the view from the Trinnacle itself is my absolute favourite!”

He encourages new adventurers looking to take on the hike in the snow to invest in some snow spikes.

Joe also recommends taking a lot of breathable layers, as hiking uphill can make you warm up very quickly – but you’ll feel the cold once you stop moving.

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