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Published October 26th 2016
The secluded spot in Stockport
Reddish Vale is an amazing place for a picnic or walk. Located in Stockport the park stretches along the River Tame allowing you to walk for miles, it covers 161 hectares so there is plenty to explore. This is the perfect spot for hikers, cyclist and horse riders to wander around the many different trails. It is even possible to follow the Trans Pennine Trail which is a path stretching from coast to coast along Northern England, this is definitely the place for serious walkers.
Wildlife fills the park, you will encounter geese, herons and a variety of ducks as well as several different types of fish. There is also a butterfly conservation park which is well worth visiting. It is relaxing and magical to walk past so many different butterflies, this is something children will love making this park a wonderful place for a family day out.
Worthy of a visit is Reddish Vale Farm right next to the visitor centre where you can look around the children's farm and riding stables. If you visit at the weekend why not check out the tearoom at the farm which opens from 9am-4pm on Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sundays, it also opens over Easter, Whit and in the Summer holidays. There is an extensive menu of food as well as hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes and ice cream, it is the perfect pit-stop on a day out walking and great for when it is too cold to bring a picnic.
If you are local you might like to join the community garden where you can grow your own food. This is such a good idea and a great use of space. You can also use the BBQ in the community garden which is perfect in the hotter weather, you will need to supply your own charcoal and clear up when you are done but it is free to use. The park has a real community feel and makes sure everyone can use and enjoy the area.
Highlights of Reddish Vale Country Park is the chance to take different routes each time you come and try out some woodland, grassland or riverside walks. The visitors centre is a great place providing information about the park and there is also a small cafe and shop. It is a great place to start your visit and then head off to explore the beautiful and peaceful area.
The park is open 365 days a year allowing you to visit and see the surrounding beauty whenever you want. There is plenty of car parking by the visitors centre and extra spaces on Triviot Way and behind Woodhall Drive. It is also easily accessible by public transport, Reddish South train station is only 1km away and many bus routes stop near the park. Find the park on Mill Lane, Reddish, Stockport, SK5 7HE