This doesn’t look very inviting, does it?
This pile of branches and overgrown weeds is sandwiched in between a row of shops and the entrance to a street, just round the corner from where I live. I walk past it all the time.
Today, I went for a walk down the street next to this mess. I’d discovered there are some allotments near here and I wanted to find out excatly where they are. The street consists of a long row of terraced houses and I walked up the track behind them leading to their garages, as I though this might reveal the allotment entrance.
Before I’d got far along the track, I realised that behind the pile of branches and rubbish was a path.
…it still didn’t look great – it’s hard to see from the photo below, but amongst the twigs on the ground is broken glass and rubbish. But I carried on…….
Still wasn’t looking brilliant (left), obviously some people have used the area as a bit of a dumping ground, but a bit further on…..
and a bit further on, just after a rabbit ran abross the road in front of me, this………………….
I hadn’t realised that the pile of branches near my house, hid a path leading down to Springwater Park, a wooded clough which then turns into grassy fields on the banks of the River Irwell. I knew the park was there, I’ve been there many times, but not so much recently, as one of the entrances is blocked off due to extensive water pipeline works going on.
Having seen quite a few dog walkers using the path, it seems it’s not a secret to everyone. I also saw a few groups of young lads and a few empty cider cans, so I suspect it’s a popular hideout for the youths of the area too. But it was a new find for me, even though I’ve lived here for 8 years!
The whole place is one of those areas that is mostly known just to locals. Nothing much comes up if you google it, apart from the pipeline works. You can’t see it from any of the main roads in the area, even though there’s an entrance (currently out of use) on Radcliffe New Road, until you venture down the path, you wouldn’t have a clue what was down there.
It’s the perfect example of Secret Britain.
This post is part of The Gallery.