SALE AND CHORLTON WATER PARK
The lake at Sale was a gravel pit, flooded after the extraction of gravel for the M60 in the 1970s. Previously the land belonged to Sale Old Hall, which stood close to the site of junction 6. During the summer, the hub of Sale Water Park is the lake which is busy with everything from sail boats to jet skis. Visitors can also get away from the hustle and bustle of the Water Sports Centre by taking a walk through grassy meadows to the River Mersey or along to Jackson’s Boat Bridge.
Manchester’s first designated local nature reserve is one of the most popular spots in the Mersey Valley. Set around a central lake with meandering paths leading into woodlands and wildflower meadows, the 170-acre site boasts common spotted and northern marsh orchid in summer.
Part of the Dunham Massey Estate, the park also has a magnificent collection of ancient trees. Many of the giant oak trees dating back as far as the 17th century, a true rarity in Britain today. As such, it is considered a site of national importance.
Dunham Park also has a history of housing rare insects and fungi in its ancient trees, drawing experts from around the world to research since the 1860s.
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The Quays is a thriving visitor destination on Greater Manchester’s waterfront, with world-class attractions including The Lowry, Lowry Outlet Mall and Imperial War Museum North and now also MediaCity UK, home to BBC North, ITV, The University of Salford and a range of restaurants and shops.
DIDSBURY AND FLETCHER MOSS GARDENS
Didsbury is one of those places people aspire to live in, with its range of high-end foodie shops, interiors and vintage fashions alongside bars and restaurants to cater for most tastes. It puts on festivals and events – the beer and arts festivals are two of the most popular – yet there’s always something happening on the streets of Didsbury.
Fletcher Moss Gardens are a lovely place for a family visit. There is a Wildlife Garden with a bird-feeding station, woodland, a large meadow, and extensive paths through to the river Mersey. The Pergola Garden is a favourite place for family picnic – it is enclosed and safe. The rock garden has winding paths to explore and a pond. There is no children’s playground as such, but there is the natural playground of woods and fields. Near the Visitor Centre is a café and toilets.
Situated approximately three miles south west of the city centre, the conservation area at Chorlton Green is centred on the tranquil residential area of the Green itself, the last remaining vestige of the original village.
Sale Town Centre