Last week we, unexpectedly, found ourselves at a loose end. I contacted a friend and we met up at Clifton Country Park.
It isn’t a park we have been to before, but another friend had mentioned it last year, so I thought it might be worth a wander. The park itself is very beautiful and has ample parking, a small play area and a lovely lakeside walk. It is also home to a wooden sculpture fairytale trail.
We set off around the lake and the children had fun admiring the ducks on the pond (and promptly pointed out that we hadn’t brought any food with us). We then set off around the lake, following the trail as we went.
The sculptures are lovely and we had fun identifying the fairy stories as we strolled along. There are plenty of things to explore, and, in the current winter weather, it was perfect for finding muddy puddles to jump in!
The walk around the lake is around a mile, so not too far for little legs. You could extend the walk by taking in some of the pathways off the main walkway, but we just stuck to the main trail itself when we went.
After we had got back to the start we headed into the play area – there was a little course for them to work their way around as well as a large climbing frame, smaller climbing frames for toddlers and swings. There was also something across the field that, had we not been so muddy and wet, we might have explored in more detail, but it certainly looked like fun for climbing and clambering on.
We had a lovely time strolling around the park, and I am sure we will visit again, perhaps in the spring to see the changes and to see how different the park looks once the trees and flowers are in bloom.
Clifton Country Park is located in Salford and more information can be found here.