ETHEROW COUNTRY PARK - 08/02/04
Today we visit one of Britain's first Country Parks, established in 1968. Etherow Country Park can be found in Compstall Village, east of Stockport, Greater Manchester and is signposted off the B6104 road that runs between Romiley and Marple Bridge. For a map of the area click here. The weather today is bright with long sunny spells but cold with a strong wind and a temperature of approximately 5˚C.
|The Visitors centre in the photo on the left above with information, gifts, a cafeteria and toilets, as well as motorised wheelchairs for use free of charge at the park. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, many well fed locals and winter visitors such as the Greylag Geese in centre photo above.|
|Even after all the recent rain the paths are good here at this 240 acre park. There is a wide variety of things to see and many information boards detailing the history of the park. Shown in the photo on the right is a rusting horse-drawn canal barge once used to carry coal along the canal to the textile works at Compstall.|
|There is plenty of water in the river Etherow running down the weir, and with the windy conditions the spray is like rainfall.|
|A Nuthatch is the bird shown in the photo on the left above|
|A male Pintail in the photo on the left above, probably another winter visitor at the reservoir. The park, within easy reach of Stockport and Manchester attracts over a quarter of a million visitors each year.|