Chorlton Water Park
Enjoy a walk or cycle around this large lake and nature reserve in Manchester. The well maintained trail runs for about a mile around the water. It's a nice easy cycle ride for families or an easy stroll. Look out for lots of birdlife on the water such as kingfisher, herons, geese and ducks. Facilties include a car parking area at the end of Maitland Avenue, toilets and an ice cream van in the summer months.
The park is located right next to the River Mersey so you can continue your exercise along the river. National Cycle Route 62 runs through the park and continues along the Trans Pennine Trail to the nearby Sale Water Park.
Also nearby is the lovely Wythenshawe Park. It's only about a mile south of Chorlton and has miles of walking trails with wildflower meadows, pretty gardens, herbaceous borders, woodland and grassland.
PostcodeM21 7JJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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There is often an ice cream van at the site where you can buy some refreshments.
The park is very popular with dog walkers with a nice trail around the lake.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north near Chorlton Park you can pick up the popular Manchester Cycleway. The mainly off road trail will take you to some of the local highlights before finishing at the Velodrome and Sportcity in east Manchester. On the way you will pass the Ashton Canal, Highfield Country Park, Debdale Park and the Audenshaw Reservoirs where you can continue your walking.
Follow the river east and you could visit the historic village of Didsbury. It's a pleasant place for a walk with a series of lovely gardens including Fletcher Moss Park and Parsonage Gardens.