The town of Stockport is located to the south of Manchester. There's some nice riverside trails along the rivers that run through the town. There's also some good local parks with surfaced footpaths to try.
This walk takes you west from the town along the River Mersey to East Didsbury where you can visit the lovely botanic gardens at Fletcher Moss Park. The walk starts in the town centre next to the bus station where you can pick up the Trans Pennine Trail. Follow the waymarked trail west and it will soon bring you to the River Mersey where you can pick up a footpath running alongside the river. Continue west and the path will take you to Cheadle Bridge and East Didsbury passing a riverside farm and the Mersey Vale Nature Park on the way. There's some interesting flora and fauna here and a picturesque spot by the rushing weir.
At the Didsbury golf club you leave the river. Head north and it will take you to Fletcher Moss Park where there is a botanic garden with a fine display of flowers and a little waterfall. Also near here is Parsonage gardens where you will find several large yew trees and pretty flower beds. After exploring the gardens you can return to Stockport on the same paths or catch the train/bus back from East Didsbury.
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Walks near Stockport
- Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
- Vernon and Woodbank Park - These two parks sit side by side near Stockport town centre
- Fletcher Moss Park - Fletcher Moss is a beautiful botanical garden located in Didsbury, Manchester
- Wythenshawe Park - Enjoy walking and cycling in this large park in Manchester
- Midshires Way - This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester
- Chorlton Water Park - Enjoy a walk or cycle around this large lake and nature reserve in Manchester
- Reddish Vale Country Park - This 400 acre park lies just a couple of miles north of Stockport in the Tame Valley
- Etherow Country Park - Enjoy a stroll along the River Etherow and around the large reservoir in this pretty country park near Marple and Stockport
- Macclesfield to Marple - Middlewood Way - Follow the Middlewood Way - a lovely off road cycle and walking path running from Macclesfield to Marple and passing by the Macclesfield Canal
- Tame Valley Way - Follow the River Tame through Greater Manchester from Stockport to Denshaw on this waterside walk
- Mellor - This circular walk takes you up to the Mellor Cross on Mellor Moor in Greater Manchester.
The Arden Arms is a good choice for some post walk refreshments in Stockport. The 200 year old pub has a fine selection of ales and is one of CAMRA’s most listed pubs. They have a cosy interior with real fires and good home cooked food. Outside there's a good sized garden area if the weather is fine. It's located in a nice spot next to the marketplace at postcode SK1 2LX for your sat navs.
At the end of the route Ye Olde Cock Inn and the Didsbury pub are located next to Fletcher Moss park. They both have a good menu and outdoor seating for finer weather.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east from the town centre and you can visit the pretty Vernon and Woodbank Park. There's nice trails here taking you around the parkland and gardens with views towards the Peak District hills from the high points. You can also pick up the Midshires Way here and enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Goyt.
If you continue west along the river then you could visit Wythenshawe Park where there's an old hall and a community farm.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.