Sale Water Park Walk

This easy walk follows a path around Sale Water Park in Trafford, Greater Manchester. The route is flat with no obstacles.

Start of walk - Trafford Watersports Centre
Start of walk – Trafford Watersports Centre

The walk starts at Trafford Water Sports Centre on the southern bank of the lake. There’s free car parking here. To find it using sat nav simply enter the postcode M33 2LX for Sale Water Park.  The building the housing the water sports facility also offers a restaurant and public toilets.

Video of a walk around Sale Water Park

Sale Water Park also has a dedicated Metrolink stop.

After leaving the car park we walked down to the dock and watched sailing boats on the water. We then headed west following a wooded path along the southern shoreline.

Boats on lake at Sale Water Park
Boats on lake at Sale Water Park

After around ½ mile we reached the western end of the lake. This pleasant area offers a great view of the entire lake. Sluice gates here are raised when the water level in the River Mersey rises. The excess water flows into the lake preventing flooding.

Western end of lake at Sale Water Park
Western end of lake

Continuing the walk we came to the Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve and observed the birds from the hide. An information board inside the hide helped to identify the birds.

Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve
Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve
Bird hide at Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve
Bird hide at Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve

After leaving the hide, we re-joined the main path, flowing the northern shore of the lake. We climbed the banking to the left for a view of the River Mersey. Following the path alongside the river in an easterly direction would have taken us to Chorlton Water Park.

River Mersey
River Mersey

On reaching the eastern end of the lake we stopped to observe a group of kayakers. A short walk through a wooded area brought us to Sale Water Park Hub. This visitor centre houses a cafe and toilets.

Sale Water Park Hub
Sale Water Park Hub
Kayaks on lake at Sale Water Park
Kayaks on lake at Sale Water Park

From the visitor centre we walked along the main road, back to our starting point.

Route Map

Map showing location of Sale Water Park Walk

Starting Point

Address
Sale Water Park
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M33 2LX

Coordinates
Latitude: 53.4312
Longitude: -2.30027

Walk Information

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 miles

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