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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  • A really nice place to visit and walk the dog. There is a substantial pathway around the lake and numerous smaller pathways.There is also a nice cafe next to the car park and free parking.  more »
  • Lovely place to go for a nice walk, approx 1.5 miles round. Lots of birds to see. Gulls, ducks, swans, grebe, cormorants, herons, Canada geese, take them some bread but beware they can be cheeky and s...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice place to walk round. Could benefit from picknick tables and more places to sit. Dog fouling and litter seems to be a problem.
  • Sale water park has improved a lot over the years albeit slowly. Parking facilities are good and generally it's quite clean. Need a few more bins around and those that are overflowing need to be emptied! Could do with separating cyclists and pedestrians. Some cyclists zoom past at speed with a total disregard for anyone else and totally unaware of how easily they could have a serious accident with other park users.
  • Great for a walk, good views,
  • Big lake to walk around. Toilets are often closed.

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