Longford Park to Sale Water Park


2.9 miles long

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Longford Park cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Bill Boaden - geograph.org.uk/p/3775309 – cropped from original

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This walk is one of ten exciting routes designed to help you explore some of Trafford’s most beautiful countryside and parks on foot.

This linear route takes in a rich variety of landscapes from historic hedgerows to the River Mersey and flood meadows of Sale Ees. Enjoy the heritage trees of Longford Park and stroll through Turn Moss Playing Fields to join the Trans Pennine Trail. The route passes Stretford Ees and follows the River Mersey, before passing through Barrow Brook towards the Volunteer Centre at Sale Water Park.

Walkers can return via the Metrolink to Stretford or retrace their steps and take a short cut along Cow Lane, past the lake and Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve.


Paths are surfaced in areas – notably in Longford Park and on the Trans Pennine Trail north of the lake at Sale Water Park – but soft underfoot elsewhere. They may become muddy after heavy rainfall. This walk should therefore be considered to be partially accessible to wheelchair and pushchair-users.

A café with toilets is available in Longford Park. While there are cafes and a pub at Sale Water Park, users report that public toilet facilities are not always available.

How to get there

The walk guide says that those reaching the end of the walk at Sale Water Park can take the tram back to Stretford. In fact, the closest Metrolink station to the start point at Longford Park is Firswood, which is on the same line as the Sale Water Park station.

We therefore list the start point as the café in Longford Park and the end point as Sale Water Park Metrolink station.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point and end point, simply click the Google Maps link below. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcodes below into the TFGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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