Central Stockport offers a surprising amount of very beautiful parkland in which to while away a sunny afternoon with your dog. Vernon Park boasts gorgeous river terraces, a lily pond (pictured) and a yew tree maze. Sitting just outside the town centre, it has an urban feel with plenty of hustle and bustle, and from the upper parts of the park you can see across Stockport’s Victorian buildings.
For peace and quiet, you can easily strike out from here into more tranquil surroundings. At the bottom of the park, you can join the Midshires Way, which follows the winding course of the River Goit passing through protected woodland. This path stretches for miles, but when you tire it is easy to find paths back up the hill to the “Fred Perry Way” which runs parallel, and will take you back. If you are planning to walk this section, make sure you bring wellies, as the path is very muddy alongside the river.
Vernon Park adjoins Woodbank Park, a 90 acre wooded park which offers plenty of open space for picnicking or throwing a ball with your dog.
How to get there:
By car, the parks lie less than 5 minute drive from the M60 Outer Ring Road, and are therefore easily accessible from all parts of South Manchester. There are several car parking points around both Vernon and Woodbank Park. We parked at the Community Centre Car Park where there is ample parking. Satnav postcode: SK1 4BN.
By public transport: There is a train service between Altrincham/Navigation Road to Stockport; neither station are too noisy for dogs. The Arriva 370 bus allows dogs at driver’s discretion, and runs from Sale, through Didsbury and to Stockport. The parks are 1 mile from the bus/rail station.