Monday, 5 March 2012
A nice place to take younger children
The Reddish Vale Visitors Centre is not actually in the borough of Tameside, it is in Stockport but it is very easy to get to from Denton. If you are feeling adventurous you can park in the lay-by on Stockport Road opposite the water treatment works, cross the road, head up the hill and before you get to the fake speed camera turn left through the style and follow the path in the direction which will take you under the bridge where the M60 crosses the River Tame then keep going until you come to fork in the path, bear left and keep walking so the river is on your left and eventually you will arrive at the wildlife centre. If you take this route there is a very good chance of seeing a buzzard or two while on the way. Do be advised though, this route can be unpleasant due to deep mud churned up by horses hoofs following periods of prolonged rain.
An easier route if you are unfit or have young children in tow is to head down Town Lane which will eventually become Ross Lave Lane as it nears Hyde Hall. If you are in a car, park it close to here and follow the path which will take you over the M60 as opposed to under it as described in the cross country route. After crossing the motorway keep going for about half a mile passing under the magnificent railway viaduct and the wildlife centre will be on your left hand side.
If you bring a medium bag of mixed bird seeds which you will be able to get from a pet store or a pound shop, you will have the ducks, swans and geese swarming round looking to relieve you of them. The waterfowl here are totally tame and they will happily eat the seeds from your hands. Children enjoy the spectacle and it sure beats sitting in the house watching CBeebies.
The photos are and video of the geese and swans are from the wildlife centre and the horse was one of many you will encounter along the way.