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Walk 4 Life - search for walks in your local area

Want to know where to walk or know how long a walk you do regularly is? Do you want to find someone to walk with? All of this is possible and more...come on in!


Learn to Grow Your own (poster)

With funding from the People Powered Change Big Lottery fund, a horticulture project for local adults seeking employment and primary school children was set up to enable them to learn how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. If you live locally to Sale Moor, the project is open to any adult who is not in employment, including vulnerable adults.Our project will run on Mondays and weekends from 2 April 2012. Contact Val 07890 193450 or Annette 07739 904700 -

Trafford Leisure - council leisure pages

Places to see and visit around the Sale area - Check out the Sports page as well for local activities.

There are plenty of places in and around Sale where you can spend your leisure time.

There are leisure centres, parks and nature trails and you are only a short drive away from some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles - that of the Peak District and the Lake District.

Trafford Watersports Centre

Situated at Sale Water Park, Trafford Watersports Centre is the location in Manchester for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and stand-up-paddle boarding. We also offer School Holiday clubs. So come along and make a splash! Check out the website for more information

Trafford Treetop Adventures

Swing, climb, hop & shop all in one place with our high ropes course at the Trafford Centre! Our unique urban course offers over 20 challenges and obstacles to get your adrenaline pumping and don't forget the zipline at the end of the course to bring you back down to earth.

Check out the website for more information

Sale Water Park

Sale Water Park Lake

Sale Water Park facility, just off junc. 6 of the M60, provides water sports, a Nature Reserve and large areas of paths and woods for walking.

By following the River Mersey towpath you can travel for miles in both directions. For more info on the Water Park, water sports, the area, its wildlife and coming events being held by the wardens see the links at the top of this page.

With the building of the M63 motor-way in 1972, the extraction of gravel at Sale left a large water-filled hole of about 35 acres.

The lake and surrounding area was developed and in May 1980 it was opened as a Water Park. Trafford Leisure Services operate a programme of activities throughout the year for the public, groups and clubs. Details and conditions of use of the lake are available at the Water Sports Centre where everyone wishing to use the lake must report to.

Open Swimming at Sale Water Park

Open Swim UK run 4 sessions of open water swimming every week between April and September at Sale Water Park.


Mersey Valley Visitor Centre Rifle Rd, Sale 0161 905 1100

Situated at the entrance to Sale Water Park (just off J6 M60), the Visitor Centre is and ideal place to find out anything you need to know about the Valley. Opening hours are Tue to Sun and admission is free. There is a seasonally changing display, information desk, facilities for disabled and a cafe. Wildlife sightings are received and posted on the 'What's About' board.

Chorlton Water Park Maitland Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21. Tel: 0161-881 5639. Leaflet


Cycling is well catered for in the area. The obvious place is the Water Park with its many tracks and paths. The Water park also links to Priory Woods, on Dane Rd. The banks of the River Mersey allow cyclists to travel for long distances in both directions i.e. to Chorlton and Didsbury and towards Stretford and beyond.

Trafford cyclists to benefit from new route for the Mersey Valley

A NEW and vastly improved cycle route around the Mersey Valley could be open by summer 2019, after Trafford Council was awarded £2.6 million by Highways England to push ahead with the scheme.

Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign
South Manchester Cyclist's Touring Club


Horse Riding

Horse Riding

There are several riding schools in the Sale area. With traffic on the roads being so bad these days, riders are having to keep to bridle paths and suitable 'horse-friendly' areas.



Ashton Hall Equestrian Centre Church Lane, Sale 0161 905 316

Wythenshawe Park Riding Stables in Wythenshawe Park

Carrington Riding Centre Nursery Farm, Isherwood Rd, Carrington, M314BH

John Shaw Equestrian Ltd The Stables, Torbay Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 9WL



Trafford Walkers

Trafford Walkers, established for over 18 years, is affiliated to the Ramblers Association. All walkers are insured. We walk in an area of 40 miles around Manchester. Walks are suitable for all abilities and vary from 7 to 14 miles.

Sale Walking and Activity Group (SWAG)

We are a mixed social walking group of all ages and abilities based in South Manchester and North Cheshire. Our Winter/Spring programme includes weekends away youth hostelling, Sunday walks, and a variety of social events such as meals out, theatre trips and pub nights. New members are always offered a warm welcome. Contact

Map of walks round Mersey Valley



Leisure Centres

Sale Leisure Centre Broad Rd, Sale 0161 912 3360

Brooklands Sports Club Whitehall Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3NL

Walton Park Indoor Football Raglan Rd, Sale 0161 962 0159





Altrincham Golf Course

Sale Golf Club

Health, Fitness and Dance

Cadmans Dance Centre

Manchester's Longest Established Dance School - A centre of dancing excellence in Manchester since 1903, Cadmans Dance Centre continues to be the leading dance school in the area with over a hundred years of teaching people to dance. 11 Ashfield Rd, Sale Cheshire M33 7DY Tel:0161 973 6225. Facebook

Stockport, East Cheshire and High Peak Cerebral Palsy Society

Stockport CP Working in Trafford. Check for further information.


Diving, Boating, Swimming

Manchester Diving Group


Power boats and sailing at Trafford Watersports Centre


see Sale Leisure Centre

Local Pools available - in Altrincham, Sale, Partington, Stretford and Urmston

Open Swimming at Sale Water Park

Open Swim UK run 4 sessions of open water swimming every week between April and September at Sale Water Park.





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