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Clifton Country Park

Clifton Country Park Local Nature Reserve is approximately 48 hectares of scenic urban fringe countryside in Salford, with woods, meadows, ponds and a lake to explore and remnants of the city's industrial past to discover.

It is hidden away in the Irwell Valley just a few miles from Salford city centre and easily accessible from the A666. The Country Park was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2005, and in 2006 and 2007 it was awarded a prestigious Green Flag award

Here you can explore the woodland and lakeside walks, bring a picnic, go fishing or bird watching. The visitor centre holds information about the site and surrounding areas and provides toilet facilities for users.

As well as self-guided trails and activities the ranger team provides a wide range of exciting activities throughout the year for adults and children alike. These include:

  • kids' activities
  • walks and talks
  • discovering wildlife
  • fishing
  • orienteering
  • volunteer opportunities
  • environmental education programmes for schools and community groups.

At Clifton Country Park are the industrial remains of the Wet Earth Colliery. Established around 1740, the colliery was one of the first deep mines to be sunk in the Irwell Valley.

Access for disabled users

There is a hard surfaced path around the lake providing a circular walk which is fully accessible for disabled users including those in motorised wheel chairs. Three designated parking bays are available for disabled users in the main car park. The visitor centre is fully accessible with male and female toilet facilities.

Car parking

The Clifton Country Park car parks are accessed via Clifton House Road. The main car park is opened at 9:30am and closed at 9:30pm during the summer and opened at 9:30am and closed at 5pm during the winter. The country park has 24 hour pedestrian access with 24 hour parking available in the smaller over flow car park.


Download a map of Clifton Country Park showing the trails, paths and facilities



Clifton Country Park
Clifton House Road
M27 6NG

Tel: 0161 793 4219



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