Distance: 1.8 miles     Allow: 40 mins     Total Ascent: 107.61     Steps: 3800

Walk description

This accessible walk circles around Sale’s 52 acre man-made lake.

The paths along this route are wide, generally smooth and on the whole flat too, although there is a 75m slope of approximately 7 degrees by the Visitor Centre.

The path between the 2 car parks is on an open road with speed bumps and has no pavement.

The Water Park is a designated nature reserve where kingfishers, herons and cormorants are often spotted.

Please note, this route was mapped in 2017 and changes within the park may have occurred since.

Walkers should be mindful that some routes may be prone to muddying in wetter weathers. 


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Suitable for mobility scooters
  • There is a descent of approx 7° at the start of this route, paths after this are flat.
  • Limited seating along route
  • Toilets with restricted opening
  • Accessible toilet with restricted opening times
  • Accessible picnic benches
  • Close to transport links
  • Both the nearby Jackson’s Boat pub and Boathouse restaurant are accessible

How to get there

Address: Rifle Road, Sale, Trafford, M33 2LX     

Bus Stop: Old Hall Rd/Wythenshawe Rd     Tram Stop: Sale Water Park (0.2 miles)

Parking: 2 large car parks, both with blue-badge parking     Postcode for Satnav:  M33 2LX

Interesting to know

According to local tales, sympathisers of the Stuarts met at Jackson’s Boat Inn in the 18th Century and secretly drank to the health of Bonnie Prince Charlie—the Stuart claimant to the Great British throne.