Daisy Nook Country Park
Enjoy waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows in this lovely country park in the Medlock Valley. The park is great for wildlife with great-spotted woodpeckers, owls, foxes and squirrels to look out for. The main highlights in the park are Crime Lake and the Hollinwood Branch Canal which was opened in the 1920s.
There's also good facilities with a nice cafe and car park The park is very popular during the summer, with up to 30,000 visitors a month visiting the park, which stretches 18 miles from Bishops Park in Oldham to Paradise Wharf in Manchester.
The Medlock Valley Way long distance path runs through the park so it's easy to extend your outing. If you head west along the path you will soon come to Clayton Vale. Here you can enjoy a walk along the River Medlock or try one of the great mountain bike trails devised by the National Cycling Centre.
Following the path north will take you to Strinesdale Country Park where there's a nice circular trail around two pretty reservoirs.
PostcodeM35 9WJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Café Riverside, as the name implies, is situated right alongside the river and includes a lovely sunny open terrace. Here you can to sit outside and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the water passing by (you might even see a kingfisher or heron if you keep your eyes open) as you take morning coffee and cakes. There's also a nice Garden Centre which include one of the largest, most varied selection of plants available in the Manchester area.
The park is one of the best places in the area for a dog walk and you will probably see many other dog walkers on your outing.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head a couple of miles west of the park and you can pick up the Rochdale Canal in Failsworth. Following it north will take you to Foxdenton Hall and Chadderton.
The long distance Tameside Trail passes through the park. The 30 mile circular walk explores several of the highlights of the River Tame Valley.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.