Sunday, 23 August 2015

Weekend Walks | Didsbury - Fletcher Moss Gardens

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One of my favourite things to do on the weekends is to take a walk. Come autumn/winter when the nights draw in, daylight becomes even more sacred so it's good to stretch your legs and see a little bit more of the world. As a keen walker (and explorer), I'll hopefully be doing walk recommendations quite frequently. Eventually I'll run out of walks I know, but that will hopefully encourage me to broaden my horizons - literally.

Somewhere I've been spending a lot of time recently is Didsbury. If you're not familiar with Dids, here's a quick rundown - located under 5 miles from central Manchester - it's a suburban area offering parks, restaurants, entertainment and more. In terms of accessibility from the city centre - you've got lots of options. Take a tram to the different parts of Didsbury straight from the city, there are frequent buses and on a nice day - take a slow stroll from the skyscrapers of the Manchester skyline to Didsbury's greener surroundings. I personally take the train, which is another way of getting there, as in terms of speed - it's the quickest - at just 10 minutes. During the week there are around 3 trains an hour to East Didsbury train station from Manchester Piccadilly and at under a fiver - it's cost effective too.
As I do 'train it' to East Didsbury, I'll detail the walk from there. After leaving the station it's a ten minute walk to Fletcher Moss Gardens. Take a left onto Wilmslow Road and follow the road round until you get to Millgate Lane where you'll take another left which will give you numerous points of entering the park.

At 21 acres with rockery, gardens, open spaces and sports activities - it's an all rounder. The park was a gift from Alderman Fletcher Moss in 1914. Located next to the River Mersey, endless green space is met with miles of water.

During summer months there's plenty of room for tennis, football, picnics and pretty much every other summer activity you can think of. During the spring/summer months the Blossom trees really come into their own here creating a stunning view against a hopefully blue sky to match. My favourite two spots? The rockery - take a seat here for a little while and drink in the views with a light waterfall as your background sound. The row of trees - this probably has an official name but images above. I think I take a photo of this every time I go. I love feeling like a little fish in a big pond and these trees do just that.

And after a few hours in the park, follow the River Mersey round to Ford Lane (not sadly named after me...) which leads to Didsbury Village where you can get some energy back with a hearty brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks - because after all that walking - you deserve it.


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2 comments

  1. Thanks for your great images! We're visiting Didsbury and plan on walking around Feltcher Moss. We really want to see the 'row of trees' that you have pictured. Is there an entrance or a way of easily finding this part of the park? It's such a big park and we don't want to miss it! Thanks!!

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  2. Hey!
    I enter the park at Millgate Lane (about a 5/10 minute walk from East Didsbury train station) and then stay to the right hand path until it opens up and you see the trees on your left hand side - should find them 5 minutes into the park (I hope that helps) xx

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