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Stalybridge Country Park

Stalybridge Country Park

Lying just over a mile to the north-east of Stalybridge, this country park centres on two areas. Firstly, the Brushes Valley, with its four reservoirs running up into the Pennine Moors, and secondly Carrbrook, lying in the shadow of Buckton Castle a 12th/13th century stronghold. Linking the two areas, although outside the Country Park boundaries, is a good rights of way network, which also takes visitors into the Tame Valley, Longdendale and the Peak District.

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There is a 'run route' through the country park, for more information look on the Run England Webpage

Lower Brushes

Lower Brushes forms the main part of the Country Park and lies below Walkerwood reservoir. The area is comprised of a mosaic of habitats important for a variety of wildlife. The wooded valley floor provides home to a number of woodland birds. Amongst wet areas you can spot dragonflies, frogs and a variety of wetland birds. Grassland provides habitat for insects and mammals. The area provides a gateway to the open moorland above or can be enjoyed on its own with a series of well-surfaced paths. The park provides a link to the Pennine Bridleway and is well used by bikes and horses.

There are a few access points onto Lower Brushes including Oakgates and Besom Lane.

Location map for Besom Lane Link to External Website

Location map for Oakgates Link to External Website

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Upper Swineshaw areas

Upper Brushes Valley

The upper swineshaw area of the Brushes Valley encompasses the four reservoirs of the brushes valley. Easy and difficult footpaths can be found within this area that provide stunning views to the surrounding countryside and a sense of wilderness. Footpaths can be rugged so suitable clothing and footwear is required. The heather covered moorland turns purple in late summer and curlews, grouse, linnets and kestrels can all be seen. Some of this area is open access land and can be walked with regard to restrictions and Countryside Agency guidelines.

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Carrbrook is a conservation village lying to the North of the main park, linked to the brushes valley by the Pennine Bridleway there are a number of smaller countryside sites that can be enjoyed within this area.

Location map for Carrbrook Link to External Website

Duck Island

A village duck pond, formerly a reservoir for the factory. A variety of bird life can be spotted on the water. Sit and watch the ducks or spot a wagtail skimming the pond edges.

Location map for Duck Island Link to External Website

Cowbury Dale and Cowbury Green

Cowbury Green is a landscaped green space, ideal for a picnic. A short walk leads you to a small reservoir seated at the top of a wooded valley. The climb up to Cowbury Dale is relatively easy and can provide you with a sense of wilderness and a getaway from it all.

Location map for Cowbury Dale Link to External Website

Castle Clough

This wooded Clough provides a short riverside walk through beautiful oak woodland. Great for spotting a variety of woodland birds including woodpeckers and long tailed tits.

Location map for Castle Clough Link to External Website

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Devil's Bridge above Hollingworth

The largest area of open country in Tameside is the extensive area of high heather moorland east of the Tame Valley, linking to the high Pennines within the Peak District National Park. The highest point in the Borough on Hoarstone Edge (at nearly 500 metres above sea level) lies at the northern end of the area.

Some of these moors are now open access and a number of rights of way cross them, or skirt the edges, enabling visitors to enjoy real hill country, with far-flung views.

South-eastwards the moors give way to the hill farming country, wooded cloughs and more pastoral countryside around Hollingworth Hall, overlooking Longdendale and the Etherow Valley.