Sale Water Park, Sale

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Sale Water Park is a 152acre area of countryside and parkland including a 52acre artificial lake in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford in Greater Manchester, England. Opened in 1979 and owned by Trafford council, the water park lies in an area of the green belt running through the Mersey river valley between Sale and Stretford, located between the river and the M60 motorway. The lake was formed in the 1970s by the flooding of a gravel pit excavated to provide material for the construction of an embankment raising the motorway above the Mersey's floodplain. The pit was excavated to a depth of around 115ft, making the lake about 90ft deep in places.The land occupied by the water park was formerly within the grounds of Sale Old Hall, demolished in 1920. All that remains of the hall today is its former lodge, now the club house for Sale Golf Club, and its dovecote, which has been restored and relocated to the nearby Walkden Gardens.Sale Water Park provides important recreational facilities and wildlife reserves, as well as forming part of the flood defences for the surrounding area of Trafford.Broad Ees DoleBroad Ees Dole, located in the northeast of Sale Water Park, is an important wildlife refuge. Major work was carried out in the 1980s to develop Broad Ees Dole into a wetland area that could be managed to improve the wildlife value of the park, in particular for wild birds, the main lake being too deep to provide food for many bird species. It was officially opened in 1987.
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  • Visited Sale Water Park in passing. Weather not the best, quite wet. Had a short but pleasant walk. Very big park, lots of birds to see and listen to. Would visit again for longer.  more »
  • Firstly, if you look for sale water park on your GPS navigation it seems to take you to junction 6 on the M60 and suggest you have arrived whilst on the motorway... To prevent the risk of a motorway p...  more »
  • Great place to eat.lovely atmoshphere plenty of room relaxing and food at a very good price.food was excellent .Will be great to visit in summer so can look out on to water and wildlife.  more »
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  • Great place for walking. The nature reserve is a bit difficult to really appreciate as it's all fenced off. There are a couple of bird hides but teenagers had taken over the one we came across. A good amount of dogs though a few owners not picking up after them. Could do with more seating around the walks rather than just near the car parks and watersports areas.
  • The best place for open water swimming in the area and some nice walks around the lake.
  • Brilliant for walks in the summer with plenty of access to water sports. The restaurant on the water front serves great food with a cozy atmosphere.
  • great place to do water sports on a good day. bi big place to walk around lots of space
  • Beautiful, good place to take the kids. A wide variety of activities you can hire to do. Perfect for a stroll around or picnic in nice weather.
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