The Friday Freedom walks are moderate pace 1 - 1.5 hour walks exploring different locations around the Great Manchester area. The location will change every week and details will be posted nearer to the time. Where possible walks will end with an optional `brew stop`
THIS WEEK - Sale Water Park, (Jacksons Boat Inn Circular)
Meeting Point - Meet outside the Mersey Valley Visitors Centre on Rifle Road. Parking at the Visitor Centre or further round on Sale Water Park main car park on Cow Lane. (Sat Nav - M33 2LX) . Straight off Junction 6 of the M60.
Depending on the weather we will walk along the Mersey, visit Hardy Farm, Chorlton Ees, Ivy Green and use the NCN62 cycle route. Circa 3-4 miles mainly flat easy walking. Brew Stop at Jackson's Boat Inn at the end of the walk.
Sale Water Park is an area of countryside and parkland with a lake, woodland, meadows, the River Mersey, cafe, restaurant and water sports centre. The lake was a gravel pit, flooded after extraction of gravel for the M60 in the 1970's. The land previously belonged to Sale Old Hall which once stood close to the site of junction 6. Historically the River Mersey was the traditional boundary between Cheshire and Lancashire. Jackson's Boat Inn was in Lancashire in spite of sitting on the Cheshire side of the river, an anomaly due to the natural changes in the course of the river over many centuries. During the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century, Stuart sympathisers met secretly at the inn. toasting the health of the Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie exiled in France at the time. Broad Ees Dole is a wetland wildlife nature reserve located to the north east of the park. Ees meaning wetland and Dole meaning plot of land allocated to the poor (a reference to its previous use). The reserve is home to spottted orchids, various wild birds and newts.
Nearest toilets are in the Boathouse Restaurant near Sale Water Park Main car park on Cow Lane or at Jacksons Boat Inn. Toilets at the Visitor Centre may not be open.
Please remember to bring 1 - bottle of water 2 - any medications you may need 3 - a small rucksack as you`ll need both hands free at all times 4 - a mobile phone is useful for any last minute notifications.
Please note - you can cancel online up to 24 hours before the walk. Unfortunately, refunds are not allowed after this time. Please contact me directly via phone/text on 07738 931710 if you need to cancel nearer to the start time so we’re not waiting for you. Likewise, please phone/text as well as using the online system if you want to book on at the last minute - we don`t want to go without you!