Chorlton Water Park is a public park and nature reserve in the Chorlton area of Manchester. It is managed by Manchester City Council.
The park comprises a central lake, surrounded by woodland. A path runs round the lake and is popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists. There’s a small children’s playground on the eastern side of the park.
The lake at the centre of the park is man-made. It was formed when gravel was excavated to be used in construction of what is now the M60 motorway. The resulting pit flooded to create the lake.
Fishing is a popular activity here. Season and day tickets are available from Chorlton Carp Anglers. Prices are reasonable.
Facilities at the park include toilets. There’s often an ice cream van near the main entrance.
Chorlton Water Park is located in the Chorlton area of Manchester, Greater Manchester. The main entrance and car park is located at the end of Maitland Avenue, near Junction 5 of the M60 Motorway (Manchester Orbital). Use the postcode M21 7WH to find it with a satellite navigation system. The car park is free.
The River Mersey lies to the south of the park. The riverside path leads to Sale Water Park. The path is part of the route of the Trans Pennine Trail, the long distance path running through Northern England. The trail starts at Southport in Merseyside and ends in Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Other parks in the area include Sale Water Park and Wythenshawe Park. Sale Water Park offers more water-based activities. Wythenshawe Park has a larger playground, a farm, cafe, and sports facilities.