Clayton Vale

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Clayton Vale Manchester Reviews

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Clayton Vale Apr 17, 2011
Clayton Vale took me by such surprise I didn’t even have my camera or phone with me.  I went out for a walk to clear a hangover, and somehow stumbled into a beautiful park hidden in a valley surrounded by housing estates. 

 About three or four miles down the canal from the city centre, Clayton Vale is an area of reclaimed land along the banks of the Medlock River.  There are paths along old railways and around the banks of the river.  Open meadows are surrounded by established trees, and there are ponds for wildlife.


I was surprised by how peaceful it was, especially as it’s close to some very high density housing.  There were lots of staffordshire bull terriers and families, but it wasn’t crowded at all.  There are plenty of places where you could have a picnic or fly a kite.  Some children were paddling in the river.  It was lovely.


Entrance is free, and there are car parks if you don’t want to walk an hour from the city.  I don’t know about buses, but I’m sure there must be.
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