Etherow Country Park
One of Britain's first country parks Etherow Country Park was established in 1968 around an old cotton mill. It is a place of conserved natural habitats and industrial heritage which is visited by literally thousands of people each year, who come to enjoy the many recreational activities on offer and the beauty of the wider park.
During the industrial revolution Manchester developed into a major manufacturing city. At this time Mellor developed into an industrial centre where mills and factories were powered by the fast flowing river Goyt.
The ' Roman Lakes ' provided the source of water required to power the mills owned by Samuel Oldknow a local industrialist. The 'Roman Lakes' has no known connection to Roman times but was developed as an early leisure facility by the Victorians. It now hosts a number of activities including angling, canoeing, mountain biking and rambling.
Bordered by the river Goyt and the Peak Forest Canal, Brabyn's Park in Marple Bridge consists of parkland, woodland, riverside walks and playing fields. The park features a BMX / mountain bike track. Originally the estate of Brabyn's Hall, the park was first opened to the public in 1947.
Brabyn's Activity Centre
For the more adventurous, a visit to the Activity Centre will invigorate the enthusiastic for rock climbing, abseiling, archery, canoeing and many other indoor and outdoor activities. Visit their website for more information. www.roperace.co.uk