Countryside Health Walks in Oldham and Tameside

Ashton/Oldham: Daisy Nook Country Park

Length: 1.25km (½ a mile)

If walking in the countryside is new to you, to get the best out of this walk why not go with your partner or a friend?

Walk Summary

An easy walk through part of Daisy Nook Country Park. There is a gentle rise past some former locks. There are seats and picnic tables at regular intervals.


Graphic - Daisy Nook Country Park, Ashton/Oldham

Along the towpaths of a disused canal, through wooded areas, and past areas of open grass.

How to get to the start

The walk starts at the Boodle Car Park in Daisy Nook Country Park, off Newmarket Road between the A627 and Littlemoss. Buses(Ashton-under-Lyne to Droylsden) stop on Newmarket Road near the country park entrance.

Toilets and Refreshments

At the John Howarth Countryside Centre in Bootle Car Park. The toilets are normally available each day from 9.00am to 4.00pm. The Centre is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, and on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 10.30am to 5.00pm.


Map and Key, for the Ashton/Oldham: Daisy Nook Country Park Key to the Map for Ashton/Oldham: Daisy Nook Country Park Map Key - The numbers on the map correspond with the numbers in the text.


There is the opportunity to extend the walk to suit your wishes,by walking further along the canal to Crime Lake, as described in the text. This will add about another 800 metres to the walk.

  1. Go through the car park and past the countryside centre, continuing through the stile and along the main path on the line of a former canal. Here the footpath and horse track run side by side.
  2. In 300 metres cross the aqueduct over the River Medlock.
  3. The path rises gently past a former lock and bears left, with a pond (the model boat pond) on the right. It rises again past a second lock, passing the wide area of water known as Sammy's Basin.
  4. At the top of the rise you have a choice. If you would like a longer walk continue ahead along the towpath with the canal on your right, as far as Crime Lake and return to this point. (This will add 800 metres to the walk). Otherwise bear right at the path junction, and follow the path, now with the canal on your left, round the 'top' of Sammy's Basin.
  5. In 200 metres, just as woodland begins, turn down the steps on the right, along the path for 100 metres, and across the canal by a small timber bridge.
  6. Turn left back the way you came to the car park and Newmarket Road.

If you have any comments about this walk please contact the Strinesdale Centre or the John Howarth Countryside Centre on:

Postal Address Oldham Countryside Service, Strinesdale Centre, Holgate Street, Waterhead, Oldham, OL4 2JJ Telephone Number 0161 620 8202
John Howarth Countryside Centre, Daisy Nook Country Park Telephone Number 0161 308 3909