Sometimes the best activities are unplanned and spontaneous. I’d offered to drop a friend off at Prestwich Metrolink station this afternoon. The sun was shining and I had the A-Z in the car, so I decided to see if there were any parks in the area that CJ and I hadn’t visited yet. I quickly spotted Clowes Park, situated what looked like about a 5 minute drive away, and off we went.
Our spontaneity was rewarded with the discovery of this charming, tranquil and picturesque little haven. Beautifully kept, there are expanses of lawn, flowerbeds, a wooded area and a spacious play area, all set against the backdrop of a lake.
The playground has 3 sets of swings, 2 slides and various climbing frames and springies. They are well spread out around a lawned area with views over the lake or trees depending on which direction you face.
There are toilets next to the play area, although we didn’t check them out so I can’t comment on how well kept they are. We enjoyed a walk around the lake – the best views of the park are from the opposite end of the lake from the playground and the only downside of being spontaneous today was that I didn’t have my camera and was snapping away on my mobile. The battery was flat by the time we’d reached the prettiest photo opportunity! Still, if that was the only downside of our visit (along with a couple of slightly scary dogs, but that can happen anywhere) then I think we did pretty well. Clowes Park is well worth a stop off if you are in this area; in fact it’s worth going a bit out of your way for if you want some peace and quiet along with some play opportunities for little ones.