Yesterday was Damian’s final day of annual leave so we thought we would make the most of what looked to be a nice day and head for a walk.
A favourite place of ours is Etherow Park but we decided to try out another place we have heard of often, Sale Water Park. I’ve never been to Sale Water Park but I know that it is home to Trafford Water Sports, a lake, a restaurant and thought it might make a nice spot for a morning walk.
What a mistake.
We got there and pulled up at what was once the restaurant. Daniel needed the toilet so Damian went to take him, but they were closed due to vandalism. He then went into what looked to be the office/meeting point for the water sports but there was no one there an no sign of a toilet. We then headed back up the road to a small cafe we had seen. Damian was keen to go elsewhere but I thought we might as well stay, given I had seen such good things about Sale water Park on twitter. How wrong I was.
We went to the loo that was sited at the back of the cafe, it was grim and then set off for a walk down to the lake.
It was disgusting. The amount of litter we saw was unbelievable. I have never been somewhere that was so strewn with waste. There were beer bottles, condom wrappers, dog dirt, crisp packs all sorts littered everywhere. I can only imagine the ‘nocturnal’ activities that take place there.
We headed up to the lake and Daniel set off running, however we noticed that a large panel was missing from the fence and had to call him back as we weren’t convinced he would notice the gap and might run straight through it. It certainly needs replacing.
We had a walk across the lake and decided to walk back to the car and head home for lunch given the state of the lake – it was grim. The picture below shows some of the litter in the lake – there was all sorts and it was clear it has been there for sometime.
As we were heading back we noticed what looked like a seating area that had been fenced off (it looked like new fencing) which was a shame as, if the park was cleaner, it would make for a nice picnic spot.
On the positive side the children did see a number of small frogs so we could talk to them about that and we saw two swans with five cygnets which is always a nice sight, although have they thrive on that lake is beyond me given the sheer amount of filth and rubbish covering large sections of it.
Daniel loved spotting the frogs and was keen to get down to them and have a good look at them.
It was such a shame as the area has the potential to be a really lovely spot to head with children for a picnic but it isn’t a place I can see us heading back to again in the future sadly.