Tuesday 10 December 2019

Weekend in Walkden

We're just back from a weekend visiting my Dad in Walkden near Manchester. It was nice to see him again and we enjoyed good food and some local walks. 

The pond at Blackleach Country Park was full of ducks (Mallards, tufted ducks and gadwall), Canada geese and mute swans

 this male mute swan was being quite aggressive, it bit a few geese on their tails!

We also enjoyed a walk round Parr Fold Park, which is full of lovely silver birch trees

and there were a lot of redwings about, though none of them stopped for photos. Delighted to see that a new orchard is being developed in the park

The Friends of Parrfold Park are looking for volunteers.

We spent some time in Walkden Town Centre shopping centre and were delighted to find the Dispensary, a new zero waste shop on the second floor of the centre. Next door to the Dispensary is Clouds, a lovely shop that is full of candles and similar gift items. Close to the shopping centre on a nearby road is Hug in a Mug, a lovely community cafe that sells great chocolate cake and has a gift shop section that includes locally made honey. Sadly there are a lot of empty retail units in the shopping centre, most people just check out the large supermarket and other big chain shops.


Jeff (Sage) said...

Glad you got to spend some time with your dad and enjoy a few new places to explore. It is sad that there are not more local shops.

Did you see my post of a week ago about St. Andrew's day? As a Scot, you might want to check it out.

Lowcarb team member said...

Pleased you had a good weekend visit seeing your Dad.
You've shared some nice photographs although that male mute swan sounds a little dis-agreeable!

All the best Jan

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jeff, there are shops, but there are more empty units than shops in the shopping centre, which is a shame. I'll check out your St Andrews Day post.

Lowcarb, yes that male swan was a little aggressive!