Will be in Manchester for 4 days in mid September with my wife. We have at least 2 free days and from previous forums there seem to be some good options for day trips from Manchester. We love the countryside but don't mind quaint towns either. Been to the Lake District last year, so ideally would like to see different places, always keeping Manchester as our base. Would appreciate suggestions on places to visit, and whether you recommend travelling by train or renting a car?