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Daisy Nook and Park Bridge

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Daisy Nook and Park Bridge
Author: Colpeakbagger, Published: 22 Sep 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Greater Manchester, Ashton Under Lyne
Walk Type: Woodland
Daisy Nook and Park Bridge
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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An easy walk around two country parks on the borders of Tameside and Oldham making use of old canal towpaths, woodland paths and lanes. Ideal for lovers of industrial archaeology the walk passes old mine workings and iron workshops which have now been turned into a wildlife haven.

Daisy Nook country park is signposted from the main Ashton to Oldham road (A627). The start point is at the John Howarth Visitors Centre where there are toilets and a cafe.

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Walk Sections

Start to Sammy's Basin
Start to Sammy's Basin

Start point: 53.5014 lat, -2.1211 long
End point: 53.5061 lat, -2.1219 long

From the John Howarth Visitor Centre walk straight ahead along the wide track that passes the children's play area and under the old bridge. The path climbs gently uphill and passes several pools and old canal basins until it eventually comes to Sammy's Basin which is a popular fishing spot. Here you turn sharp right to join the canal towpath.

Sammy's Basin to Road bridge
Sammy's Basin to Road bridge

Start point: 53.5061 lat, -2.1219 long
End point: 53.5089 lat, -2.1074 long

Follow the canal towpath looking out for birdlife including coots, moorhens and herons. As you approach the road the path forks, you should take the left fork which drops down to pass through a tunnel.

Road bridge to Fairbottom Bobs sign
Road bridge to Fairbottom Bobs sign

Start point: 53.5089 lat, -2.1074 long
End point: 53.5133 lat, -2.1003 long

After passing under the main road the path now continues through woodland. Keep to the right hand side of the fence as the other side is for horse riders. Once you come to a lane cross straight over and then climb quite sharply uphill until you arrive at a finger post with four arrows on it.

Fairbottom Bobs sign to Park Bridge
Fairbottom Bobs sign to Park Bridge

Start point: 53.5133 lat, -2.1003 long
End point: 53.5191 lat, -2.0923 long

From the signpost follow the sign for Fairbottom Bobs. The path winds up and down through the woodland and can be quite muddy and narrow in places. At times you will find yourself quite high up above the level of the river and the road but eventually you drop down to a wooden footbridge in a small clough and then come out at Park Bridge Heritage Centre.
At Park Bridge there is a tea room and toilets as well as picnic areas and the heritage centre itself.

Park Bridge to Bardsley car park
Park Bridge to Bardsley car park

Start point: 53.5191 lat, -2.0923 long
End point: 53.5077 lat, -2.1067 long

From Park Bridge follow the road back downhill and then walk on the multi user path next to it (this path is also used by horseriders and cyclists). The path follows the road for most of the way but occasionally diverts through woodland and down to the river. Eventually the path comes to the point where you crossed the lane earlier in the walk. Cross the road and follow the path you used before back towards the tunnel and the main road. Just before the road there are some steps up to the road level. Climb up these steps and carefully cross the road, turning left and heading towards a small car park next to the road.

Bardsley car park to Sign post
Bardsley car park to Sign post

Start point: 53.5077 lat, -2.1067 long
End point: 53.5062 lat, -2.1113 long

Just after the carpark there is a gate leading to a wide treelined avenue. Follow this path gently downhill. There are a whole heap of benches for you to sit and watch the birds and squirrels or just listen to the river which is just below you to the right. At the end of this path you come to a slightly curious sign with four choices. The countryside centre appears as either the left or right option. My advice is go left.

Sign post to Nearly back
Sign post to Nearly back

Start point: 53.5062 lat, -2.1113 long
End point: 53.504 lat, -2.1201 long

After having turned left you go slightly uphill for about 50 yards before taking a path on the right through the woods. This is another undulating path that snakes along taking a course almost parallel to the river which occasionally it drops down to meet. The path is narrow in places and can be muddy. Some of the steeper sections have steps. Finally there are a set of steps going upwards.

Nearly back to End

Start point: 53.504 lat, -2.1201 long
End point: 53.5016 lat, -2.1211 long

After climbing the steps you should recognise where you are. You are back on the wide path you started on. Simply turn left and follow it back to the vistors centre.

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2 responses to "Daisy Nook and Park Bridge"

Easy walk very nice underfoot too. Good example of money well spent with the design and implementation of the pathways. Nice cafe at Daisy Nook selling tea, coffees, hot and cold food too. Toilets were immaculate!

By Henshaws on 2015-02-19 11:36:07

I'm 59 and found it harder than expected.some of it is steep in places.Still a good bit of exercise and not a soul about.

By rhorton on 2016-07-13 09:41:58

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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