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  • Maitland Ave
    Manchester M21 7WH
    Chorlton
  • Phone number 0161 881 5639
  • Business website merseyvalley.org.uk

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  • 5.0 star rating
    14/4/2010

    Chortle. Not THAT sort of water park! Put your pants back on.

    The River Mersey. As a Liverpudlian I can safely say that flowing through the old hometown it's brown and putrid and smells awful without being lynched by a crowd of angry natives. Guys, I'm one of you.

    Here, though, it's lush and surrounded by various open fields and groves and wooden bridges and ornamental gardens.

    The most beautiful part of any city in the North West.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/4/2010
    1 check-in here

    Water Parks! You've got to love those, they speak to our inner child in a way no other regressive activity can.

    Well, you're unlikely to find waterslides here. Instead it is just a water park, in the most literal sense. A park with water in it. But it's pretty and peaceful enough to make a visit more than worthwhile. The lake might be manmade but it's still tranquil and plays host to many a watersport, including angling (for which fishing platforms dot around the lake) and canoeing. It's a great place to walk or cycle, and its status as a Nature Reserve means you're likely to see some lovely little animals. As you'd imagine many Chorltonians take the family there to feed the ducks and enjoy the fresh air, especially with a small playground for younger children. Orienteering is a super way to pass the time and there's a course for that purpose.

    The site was formerly home to Barlow Hall Farm, where a gravel pit the farmer created was filled to form the lake. Coarse fish reside there and May to December is fishing season with permits available from the Wardens. My father used to be a Park Warden so this is where I get all nostalgic. Five mile-long health walks are available to follow and there shouldn't be any accessibility problems. It's a top spot to just relax and take in the countryside, especially if urban living's getting a bit too much for you.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/1/2010
    Listed in Parks etcetera

    When I first moved to Chorlton and I heard people talking about this water park I had visions in my head of chutes and river rapids.

    Sadly, the water park bears absolutely no resemblance to Stoke-on-Trent's Water World or Florida's Blizzard Beach. Instead it is a large man-made lake with a path around the edge which attracts walkers, joggers and cyclists. The path is well-surfaced and links on to the Mersey Valley trail, which is unsurfaced. However, there is a car park and visitor centre if you don't fancy the trek down from Chorlton or Didsbury.

    The water park was formed in the 1970s when gravel was dug up from this area to build the M60, and the area was flooded to form the lake. Despite the fact that the water park is surrounded by the M60, the busy Princess Parkway and Chorlton town centre it is a surprisingly peaceful and serene place - so peaceful that it is the place that the hippies flock to for the summer solstice.

    • Qype User mustan…
    • Stockport, Greater Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 53 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Fantastic place to visit in the summer months. Lots of things to see for children and adults alike. The water is full of ducks, geese and swans. I go there by mountain bike down the Trans Pennine Trail. There's lots of wildlife to see, as well as the birds, there are squirrels and I have even seen the odd fox. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also walk further down the Trans Pennine Trail to Sale Water Park.

    Would make a lovely place to have a picnic, lots of benches and tables are dotted around the park and there's plenty of open grass spaces for the children to play.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/7/2008
    First to Review

    An oasis of calm and tranquility, it's sometimes difficult to believe that somewhere as picturesque as this could exist in Manchester, and yet there it is, just a short walk away from Chorlton through the area known locally as The Meadows.

    Standing on the site of the old Barlow Hall Farm, the land in this area was used for gravel during the construction of the M63 (now M60) in the 1970s. The gravel pit it created was then flooded and became the lake which is now the primary focal point of Chorlton Water Park. The park is a designated local nature reserve and home to a number of birds and insects.

    There is a path around the lake which is suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding, and there are plenty of places to sit either in the sun or in the shade under the trees, it's a great place to have a picnic. The lake itself is used for fishing and canoeing.

    Chorlton Water Park doesn't have the café and leisure facilities that its counterpart across the river in Sale has, but for me that adds to its unspoilt nature and peaceful ambience. It also doesn't have the electricity pylons and the M60 traffic rattling past, unlike Sale.

    A lovely lovely spot, and well recommended for anyone of any age.

    • Qype User joolsv…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 140 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    This is a fabulous place to go and really get away from things. It is situated on the edge of Manchester and is easy to get to by bike, as the cycleways to Chorlton are very well maintained.

    The park includes a childrens play area, and in the summer months there are activities for children on the water such as kayaking. You can actually cycle by the water all the way to Stockport although it is a little muddy going. But I would definitley say that bike is the best way to see this beautiful little area.

    Take a picnic for a great day out!

    • Qype User Hannah…
    • Manchester
    • 4 friends
    • 91 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    22/5/2009

    Chorlton Water Park is a nice place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and out into the (relatively) fresh air. I don't think its as picturesque or amazing as some people think it is (have these people been to the real countryside?!), but it is a nice place to lose yourself for an hour or so.

    • Qype User mollju…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 78 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    23/4/2008

    A great spot for dog walking, you can watch people jet skiing and boating across the water as you have a stroll. Not a great deal here other than a lot of greenery and a snack shack, so not really a place for a 'proper day out'.

    • Qype User Paulap…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 26 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    14/4/2009

    Tend to agree with Mushy and Simon. I can't see the attraction of this place. I prefer to go to the Chorlton Meadows and head to Sale Water Park. I no longer walk as far as Chorlton Water Park. The meadows are great for a walk after a pint or nice lunch on Beech Road.

    • Qype User simonw…
    • Stalybridge, Greater Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    9/12/2008

    So . good for dogs and kids and cycles. And this supposed to be nature friendly or an oasis? I suppose everything's relative. A curmudgeon.

    • Qype User mushy9…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    1.0 star rating
    22/2/2009

    I can't believe the reviews on this page. This place is a sh1t-hole. It's full of dog turds and hoodies. I will never go to this place again. It seems that the reviews on here are written by people who have an interest in this place for some reason. Oh, and it's really funny, they have a small area which is supposed to have been restored and they call it Undersea world, well we walked there. Its a 10 metre wide (if that) mucky and muddy pond full of crisp packets and boots etc,... and a shopping trolley lying on the ground. Get the idea? And tons of dogs dogs dogs and none on leads (even though there is a sign there which asks people to NOT bring their dogs. It's a dump. Sorry but it is.

    • Qype User ianwor…
    • Crewe, Cheshire East
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    3.0 star rating
    14/12/2011

    I've lived next to CWP for over 20 years and spent many happy hours visting with the family and 3 different dogs. When its quiet it can be a fantastic place but avoid weekends and school holidays. If you're a dog owner beware of dangerous, out of control dogs running around at weekends (especially Sunday afternoon). There are regular dog fights and frequent deaths. Watching a dog being ripped apart by a Rottweiller is sickening. Early mornings and evenings site used as a velodrome by local cyclists who are only interested in setting their own personal best for the fastest lap. Shame the site isn't better managed. Really needs a regular police presence at weekends.

    • Qype User sarah_…
    • Manchester
    • 2 friends
    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/8/2007

    chorlton water park is a nice place to go for a picnic & a walk around the lake with plenty of ducks& geese to feed on the way. it is popular with dog walkers & men fishing. there is a small playground for the kids but no cafe so be prepared & take your own refreshments!

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