I’ve done this route so many times I can’t believe I haven’t included it yet! This is a walk that would take approx 1 hour unless you wanted to venture out further then it’s up to you.
If you drive to the small car park named Ivy Green, which is just near the Bowling Green pub and nearby to Beech Road, and Chorlton Ville.
You will see 3 paths that lead out from the car park – left, middle and right. Take the right path (or the left and do this route in reverse order) and keep to the right at all times. On this route you will see an exit it on to Ivy Green Road, but instead just follow the path to the left of this. The further on you walk you will come up to a gate which you can walk by and once you are past this you will arrive at a big field which is Turn Moss, which I have done a write up about in a recent post. You may want to stop off here or you may have no choice if your pooch sees it and wants to go for a run in the open field 🙂 There is also another playing field to the left so you may want to give this a look.
If not, just carry on walking up the path and you will see some steps at the top which will lead to the River Mersey Brook. You can either walk up these and turn left, or just stay on the path below and walk left. There is a path you can take to the right but this will extend the walk and I’ll cover this in another post. So now you’ve kept to the left you should be more than half way round of this route. The path will lead you all the way around the playing field on the left just mentioned, and if you stick to this path it will lead you all the way back to the car park which will end on the path you saw on the left hand side of the car park. Sounds confusing but once you’ve walked this a few times you’ll find it easy – enjoy!
It’s been a week of new canine clients this week, and it’s been very nice and they’ve all had a great time! First on a walk was Sephy, a lovely Bedlington Terrier who has been out a couple of times this week to Chorlton Water Park. Sephy loves to play, chase the geese and swans and pop in the river for a little paddle. She does look all innocent in her picture but she can certainly bark and be very energetic bless her!
Next for their first walk are Maddie and Arthur. Their previous walker had to move away so their owners needed a new dog walker. The first few days took a while for them to get used to me and they did run off for quite a distance when out in Alexandra Park, and Platt Fields Park. I had to have my eyes everywhere as they wouldn’t stick together when off somewhere exploring. They did come back eventually after lots of shouting and whistling! By the end of the week they stayed close by and enjoyed getting out for an hour’s play!
And last but not least, is Friendly Fred the Cocker Spaniel. Fred always gives me a lovely welcome when I go to pick him up. As he lives over in Sale, I bring along some other doggy friends for him to have a run and play with and usually go to Sale Water Park, and Chorlton Ees at the top of the river brook. Fred has a playful bark in the car, and when out and is just really excited. Fred also likes to go for a little swim. I didn’t take him out today, which is a god job really as the Spring weather was freezing! Not sure he would have liked the chill afterwards!
So all in all a very good week and I look forward to more adventures with them in the coming weeks!
Today, we welcome friendly Fred to our walks! I met Fred who is a black and white Cocker Spaniel, over the weekend and he was adorable and playful so I knew what to expect when I picked him up. He was very excited and couldn’t wait to get out. We went to Sale Water Park and through the fields at the back and up to the top of the River Mersey Brook. Mickey and another cocker spaniel, Elsa came along too, and they hit it off straight away playing chase and playing with a tennis ball.
Fred is my only canine client in the Sale area as other pooches are from Chorlton, Fallowfield and Didsbury areas, so I will need to pick others up first before getting to Fred. If there are any pooches from Sale, eager to join Fred on his walks then get in touch – remember it’s 10% discount for the first 4 weeks!
A place we haven’t been to for a while is Fletcher Moss Gardens, which is based in West Didsbury, so we thought we would take Mickey, for a stroll out on Sunday. I’d forgotten how nice it was actually. For parking we went drove past the Didsbury pub and down by the church. We then walked straight down from this road, all the way down to Simon’s bridge 🙂
At this bridge we took a left turn (if you were to turn right this would take you in the direction to Chorlton Water Park which I’ll mention another time) and this will take you on the path alongside the River Mersey. On this path the football playing fields will be on the left so you could drop by here for a play of ball with your pooch. All you need to do then is just keep on the same path which will give you a good walk right up to Stenner Woods. All the routes are sign posted so it will be difficult to get lost. Once you get to Stenner Woods, there will be a narrow wood bridge path so this may get difficult to cross if there is another group of people crossing in the other direction. This walk is highly recommended and there are signposted paths along the way and it would be advisable to take some decent walking shoes or wellies as it can get muddy especially after a spell of rain.
A very big welcome to Sephy, who joined Dogs Buddy on her first walk today! Sephy (full name Persephone) is a lovely Beddlington Terrier full of character. I came to meet her owner’s house and she was very sweet and quiet. I soon found out today though that Sephy is a real terrier under that ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ look 🙂 She loves to play chase, do playful barking and run at the geese and ducks who who were enjoying the sun in Chorlton Water Park . We were out for over an hour and she loved every minute! Plenty more of that on our future walks.
Today, we took Mickey along with Bella and Barney to Chorlton Water Park. We enjoyed an amble around, soaking up the unusually warm February sun. Bella was so warm, she even decided to take a dip in the River Mersey!
Two gorgeous girls joined me on their first walk today – Petra the brown Pharoah Hound, and Connie the white Ibizan Hound.
We went around Chorlton Water Park and Kenworthy Woods and along the top of the brook. They were very excited to be out and received lots of attention and compliments and I’m sure they’ll be plenty more fun for them the rest of this week!
A very big Dogs Buddy Welcome to Daisy, the Border Collie. Daisy had her first walk today in Chorlton Park. Daisy is lovely and was very excited when I arrived. She was running around all over the place wanting me to throw a ball and even sticks. Plenty more of that in the days ahead!
Continuing with the Mersey Valley, we go the furthest end to the other side of Chorton Water Park and recommend Sale Water Park . If you fancied walking the whole scope of Mersey Valley it would take you a good 90-120 mins to cover all of this and you and your dog(s) will be nice and exercised afterwards. You can reach this by either walking along the top of the brook, or by taking a route left from Jackson’s Boat. From the Jackson’s Boat route you can enter the Park by crossing over 5 stepping stones as the Lake narrows off at the end. It can be very muddy after recent rain fall so be careful if you do this route. The Park can also be accessed form the car park near Deckers Restaurant, which can be entered from M60 motorway, junction 6.
The lake isn’t as big as the one in Chorlton Water Park however, you do get a lot of sail boats and water sport activities especialloy in the summer. There are also lots of geese and ducks so if your dog(s) tend to run at them you may be advised to keep them on a lead until you pass by. There is also a shelter to watch a variety of birds in the marshes so don’t fotget your binoculars.