Where to scatter ashes in Manchester

Scatter your loved one’s ashes at a meaningful place in Manchester.

Take a walk through the Peak District, stroll along the River Irwell, or enjoy a peaceful walk through the forest of Bowland and scatter your loved one’s ashes in a place that meant a lot to them.

Scattering ashes in Manchester

For many people, scattering ashes is a deeply personal moment. It can be a really meaningful way to say goodbye and it’s important to take time to plan ahead and ensure you choose the right location for you and your loved one.

While some people choose to keep ashes at home in an urn, many people scatter ashes around natural beauty spots, usually places that have special memories attached to them. 

Scattering ashes is a great way of honouring your loved ones and in the UK people are generally allowed to scatter ashes anywhere. This can be along a river, in the sea, under a tree, at the beach or even on private land.

To scatter ashes in the sea or in a river then you do not need to have permission but there are some guidelines to follow and it’s recommended you seek advice from the environmental agency. For places inland it’s generally safe, but there are guidelines in place to protect nature and permission may need to be granted from the landowner. 

As Manchester is a beautiful city, there are many places for family and friends to scatter ashes, from the river Irwell to fond spots in the forest of Bowland. 

Find your funeral director in Manchester who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas of a meaningful place to scatter your loved one’s ashes.

If you’re going to scatter someone’s ashes

There are a few things you might want to know. Our article on scattering ashes offers some ideas of where to scatter ashes, as well as practical advice on how to do it. 

Peak District National Park 

For those that enjoyed nature or walking around the Peak District, scattering their ashes in the national park is a lovely way to pay tribute to them. The Peak District is a huge area, so there are plenty of private spots where you can scatter your loved one’s ashes in peace. 

Whether you want to take part in a ranger-guided walk or follow the guides yourself, you can spend the day wandering through the beautiful scenery and reflecting on your loved one. You could gather your family and friends and share stories and memories over a picnic.

Scattering your loved one’s ashes in an area they loved, like the Peak District, is both meaningful and also gives you a chance to visit them on future walks and be near them. For many people, this can bring them added comfort in these difficult times. 

River Irwell

Acting as a natural barrier between Manchester and Salford, the river is a wonderful place to scatter ashes. If they had fond memories of the area or if they grew up near the river, it could be quite poignant to return.

The river stretches for 39 miles, so there are plenty of spots for you to scatter your loved one’s ashes. You could gather some friends and family to say a few words before scattering the ashes from the river banks. Then, head to a restaurant, cafe or bar on the river’s edge to spend some time sharing stories. 

It’s a fitting send-off for many people and allows your loved one’s ashes to be scattered close by. You can return to the spot if you wish to pay tribute to them.

Forest of Bowland 

The Forest of Bowland is another excellent place to scatter your loved ones ashes if they enjoyed nature. Why not take one of your loved one’s favourite walks through the forest? Take your loved ones with you and tell each other your favourite stories about your loved one as you walk through the trees.

You could then head to a secluded and private area of the Forest of Bowland to say a few words before scattering their ashes. On a fine day, it could be a nice idea to take a picnic and spread out under the trees. You could take some time to quietly reflect, or bring along their favourite music to listen to. This would be a lovely way to say your final farewell.

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