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Daisy Nook Country Park

1 miles (2 km)

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.

Daisy Nook Country Park Postcode

M35 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.

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Photos

Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 867464

Looking towards the visitor centre and main car park.

Crime Lake on the Hollinwood Branch Canal in Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1979

Crime Lake on the Hollinwood Branch Canal in Daisy Nook Country Park. Crime Lake was formed by the embankment that carried the Hollinwood Branch Canal across a small valley. It was a popular place of leisure in Victorian and Edwardian times. Today it forms part of Daisy Nook Country Park, between Ashton under Lyne and Oldham.

The former Waterhouses Tunnel at Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1983

The former Waterhouses Tunnel at Daisy Nook Country Park. Waterhouses Tunnel (or Dark Tunnel or Boodle Tunnel) on the Hollinwood Branch Canal was opened out in the 1920s. It now forms part of Daisy Nook Country Park and carries a footpath and bridle way through the cutting.

Waterhouses Aqueduct, Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1954

Waterhouses Aqueduct, Daisy Nook Country Park. The 80 feet high Waterhouses Aqueduct carried the Hollinwood Branch Canal across the River Medlock at Waterhouses 

Lock staircase on the Hollinwood Branch Canal in Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1949

Lock staircase on the Hollinwood Branch Canal in the park. The remains of the disused Hollinwood Branch Canal pass through Daisy Nook Country Park between Ashton under Lyne and Oldham. There were four locks here (Waterhouses Locks) including this unusual lock staircase. More about the canal can be found at http:/www.hollinwoodcanal.co.uk

Looking west along the Fairbottom Branch Canal in Daisy Nook Country Park - geograph.org.uk - 1961

Looking west along the Fairbottom Branch Canal in the park. The Fairbottom Branch Canal ran eastwards from the Hollinwood Branch Canal to Fenny Fields Bridge, where it met a tramway that carried coal from the mines at Fairbottom and Rocher Vale, Park Bridge.

Valley Aqueduct on the Fairbottom Branch Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1966

Valley Aqueduct on the Fairbottom Branch Canal. Valley Aqueduct, in Daisy Nook Country Park, carries the disused Fairbottom Branch Canal across the former coach road between Ashton under Lyne and Oldham.

Looking eastwards across Crime Lake towards the Pennines - geograph.org.uk - 1981

Hollinwood Branch Canal. Looking eastwards across Crime Lake towards the Pennines.

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