As the majority of the UK is staying inside as much as possible during the lockdown, making the most of green spaces on our doorsteps for our daily exercise has never been more important. The benefits of getting outside and exercising for your mental and physical wellbeing are proven. If you are looking for some inspiration, the staff at our Salford self storage facility have put together a list of their favourite parks in the Salford area.
The City of Salford is closely linked to its industrial past, having expanded from a small market town into an industrial metropolis as part of the Industrial Revolution. More recently, the name Salford brings to mind the cultural and entertainment hub of Salford Quays, including the MediaCity UK complex and the renowned Lowry Theatre. An often-overlooked part of Salford, however, is the abundance of green space throughout the city. Salford is home to over 60 parks and green spaces – a full list of which can be found here.
** When visiting any of the parks listed, please maintain social distancing and do not use any areas of the parks that are not currently open **
Clifton Country Park
Clifton Country Park, a designated local nature reserve, is 48 hectares of woodland, meadows, and a lake. The park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including ducks and geese living on the lake. There are several paths around the park, making it easily accessible for prams and people of all ages. The park also features two sculptures from the Irwell Sculpture Trail, as well as wooden carvings situated around the lake, making it a great park for kids.
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Peel Park is a public urban park in Salford and has a significant history, being the first park to open in the UK funded entirely by public subscription, in 1846. The park has some beautifully maintained wild flowerbeds and a wide variety of specimen trees – all of which are managed by volunteers.
Clowes/ Broughton Park
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Clowes Park, also known as Broughton Hall or Broughton Park, has a large maintained lake with numerous viewing points, as well as a small area of woodland. The park is also home to the Life for a Life memorial forest, which was opened in 2016.
Lightoaks Park is a larger and popular park in Salford, officially opened in 1925. The park is maintained by a large and active group of volunteers – The Friends of Lightoaks Park. In normal times, the group organise regular events for the local community, as well as maintain the park to a high standard.
Buile Hill Park
Keith Williamson / Buile Hill Park, Salford
Buile Hill Park is a Grade II listed public park and hall and is the second oldest park in the city, after Peel Park. The park is also the largest in the city, as well as one of the most popular. Buile Hill Park has a significant history, with close links to the artist LS Lowry, as well as being used as a military base in both world wars.
Worsley Woods, 30 hectares of woodland, is easily reached by Salford’s network of looplines or by the Bridgewater Canal. There are numerous paths and trails around the woods, which are perfect for walking or mountain biking. The site, declared a local nature reserve in 2006, is also home to a huge variety of wildlife and wildflowers.
Please make sure that you respect the rules of the parks and other park users, and dispose of all of your rubbish in bins.
Finally, If you are in need of a storage unit in the Salford area, then get in touch with our team!