Sunday saw us take a jaunt over to Stockport for a walk around. This park is just north of Stockport town centre and lies in the Tame valley. This area of Greater Manchester is pretty built up but the park has a real countryside feel from the moment you drive down a narrow lane past small houses and stables to get to it. There’s a fair amount of free parking and a visitor centre which sells hot and cold drinks for 50p each and has a few indoor seats and an area for children plus a wealth of information about the park and local area. Close by you’ll also find a community orchard and a butterfly conservation field too.
Part of the site was originally made up of a calico print works dating from before 1800. All that remains of this industrial presence are the reservoirs which formed the water supply to the works but are now a lovely home for local wildlife. The park is a busy place for cyclists, walkers and horse riders alike but it has so many different paths it isn’t hard to strike a peaceful balance as you veer away from the car park. The most striking part of the park is the 16 arch viaduct built in 1875 which carried trains along the Hope Valley Line and stands strong and bold. I have a bit of a thing for viaducts, there’s something so brave and bold about them and yet they sit so beautifully in a country setting. This one has quite a few local rivals (with being the most famous nearby) but certainly is an impressive, imposing beauty. This park is certainly worth a visit if you’re local to the area or if you’re passing through. You can easily spend hours exploring and playing. The visitors centre can advise you on a number of walks you can take and the staff are invaluable. We had a lovely time (as did Jarvis) and can’t wait to go back again soon.