best parks salford

While the lockdown 2.0 continues throughout Salford, spending time outdoors has never been more important for your physical, as well as mental, wellbeing.

Research by Sport England has shown that children doing physical exercise for at least an hour a day dropped dramatically from 47% to 19% during the first lockdown.

Lockdown 2.0 allows us to meet one person from another household for a socially distant gathering outdoors. We’ve compiled a list of the best walking routes around the city to help you stay active during this time of unknown.

Worsley Village

On the 3-mile circular walk around Worsley you’ll take in some of the best picturesque sights Salford has to offer, including the old village, the Bridgewater Canal, and the dense woodland area of Worsley Woods.

Start at Worsley Court House on Barton Road opposite the car park and travel back through time as you discover all the wonders this trail has to offer.

  1. Worsley Courthouse
  2. Bridgewater Canal
  3. The Green
  4. Worsley Woods
  5. St Mary’s Church
  6. The Delph
  7. The Packet House

Clifton Country Park

Clifton Country Park lies in the Irwell Valley and is made up of 48 hectares of beautiful countryside. The park revolves around the River Irwell, which makes for some fantastic photo oppurtunities.

The park was christened as a local nature reserve back in 2005, and currently holds the Green Flag Award.

Buile Hill Park & Hall

Covering 35 hectares (87 acres),Buile Hill Park & Hall is the largest public park in the city. Opened in 1903, the grounds of Buile Hill house were joined together with the park and is accessible to the public. The park is also listed as a Grade-II site.

Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of the children’s book “The Secret Garden” ,was rumoured to have written the book during one of her many visits to the  park. Salford’s own L.S. Lowry also regularly visited the park during his lifetime.

The Friends of Buile Hill Park, a non-profit enviornmental organisation, contribute to the park today.

Blackleach Country Park

Blackleach Country Park, located just outside of Walkden, is a Green Flag designated Local Nature Reserve in the heart of the City.

Located less than a mile north from Walkden town centre, this 50 hectare site is perfect escape to the countryside. Blackleach is truly the ideal place to go for a walk, picnic, go cycling or fishing, feed the ducks or simply watch out for the local wildlife. Enjoy the calm waters of the River Irwell.

Light Oaks Park

Situated in Claremont, Light Oaks Park is the second largest country park in the city, behind Buile Hill Park & Hall. The park was officially opened in 1925 and is a focal point for the Claremont community, attracting locals and visitors from further a field.

The river attracts herons, ducks and coots as well as other wildlife throughout the year.

Salford Quays

Formerly the site of the Manchester Docks, it became the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the country. Take in the modern architecture and stunning waterways.

Start your walk from the piazza next to the MediaCity Metrolink station, and make your way around the BBC & ITV Studios. Cross the bridge over to the Imperial War Museum before making your way around Old Trafford Football Ground. Make your way back over the bridge opposite the Lowry Theater and outlet store. From the shopping mall it is only a short walk back to your start point.

Honorable mentions

Some other noticeable mentions include Langworthy Park ,Ordsall Park, Parr Fold Park, Victorian Park near Walkden, and Green Grosvenor Park in Lower Broughton.

2 Comments

  1. How on earth can you leave out the Worsley Loop Line or Dukes Drive from this list?

  2. Blackleach Country Park is in Walkden – NOT outside.
    What does the sentence “Enjoy the calm waters of the river irwell” mean in the context of Blackleach CC – it’s nowhere near the river irwell. You’re confusing it with Clifton CC which has the river irwell running through it.
    Please get your facts right.

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