Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Walk in the (Country) Park ; Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day, Goes the Rhyme, but Cheerful Walkers in Bright Colours Enlivened Our Wet Day at Daisy Nook Country Park. Here the River Medlock and Two Canals Meander through Woods Making a Delightful Industrial Heritage Walk

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's a Walk in the (Country) Park ; Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day, Goes the Rhyme, but Cheerful Walkers in Bright Colours Enlivened Our Wet Day at Daisy Nook Country Park. Here the River Medlock and Two Canals Meander through Woods Making a Delightful Industrial Heritage Walk

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THE ROUTE STARTING from Daisy Nook's Countryside Centre, built in 1987 with a legacy from John Howarth, ten years after the park opened, walk back to Stannybrook Road. Cross to the Medlock Valley wooden kissing gate and follow the broad grassy path topping the infilled Hollingwood Branch Canal. Soon there is open water and you are walking along the towpath. The canal ran for 4.5 miles from Fairfield Junction on the Ashton Canal to Hollinwood and was used to transport coal.

A grand footbridge takes you over the M60, which now bisects the canal, and you pass the wooden footbridge to Littlemoss Camp. Continue beside the overgrown canal, full of reeds, bulrushes and bright green duckweed, to Cinderland Bridge, named after the 16th century Cinderland Hall. The low arch is due to mining subsidence in the 1930s.

Now turn right and keep straight on over the wooden stile, onto Brookdale Golf Course. A very pretty path, with steps and a wooden footbridge, leads down through trees to re-emerge onto the golf course. Crossing the broad Ash Bridge over the River Medlock the path then climbs steps and continues up a clough and over a final bit of golf course.

Joining a road end continue through the houses then turn right along Medlock Road into Woodhouses, a conservation area. You pass attractive cottages and the 15th century Diamond Hall. The Dog and Partridge is opposite the church and next comes Woodhouse Gardens and the Primary School.

Keep straight on along Ashton Road past the 1871 National School. The road crosses the motorway then the Hollinwood Branch Canal reappears on your left. Go straight across Stannybrook Road and descend the steps to Crime Lake, formed in 1795 during the construction of the canal when a culvert became blocked. Crime means land intersected by a watercourse.

Turn right beside the lake then follow the aqueduct over Crime Lane and beneath the derelict wrought iron Pinch Farm footbridge. …

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