Etherow Country Park was once part of the estate of George Andrew, a very well to do Victorian who was responsible for the building of Compstall Cotton mill in the 1820’s. Andrew was a great philanthropist and he envisioned Compstall village and built it to house his mill workers, because he was concerned about their welfare and the education of their children. The canals around Stockport that can be seen today were planned and developed by Andrew to channel water from the weir on the river to power the mill wheel, which was how the mills generated the power to run the cotton making machines.
Andrew was also fond of shooting and also fishing in the woods and lake of Etherow estate and the Keg Woods and lake were his own private shooting and fishing grounds. Nowadays these areas are a peaceful sanctuary for a variety of wild animals and birds.
Etherow Country Park is a wonderful location to go for a day out set in beautiful surroundings and with numerous lakes and pathways.
Birdwatchers will discover plenty to see throughout the year, in Etherow Country Park, Nuthatches as well as Tree creepers. There are Mandarin ducks, swans atnd also geese in the lake areas. You can purchase duck and also bird food at the park and children love to feed the birds . If you are lucky enough to visit the park in Stockport when it is nice weather, there are many fascinating walks around the lakes that interlink with each other and they provide a remarkable opportunity to appreciate the woodland views and trees and also great quantities of butterflies and birds during the summer season.
There is an impressive waterfall by the lake and plenty of woods to discover. There is a stepped weir at the end of the rivers, where you will find the beautiful Keg Swimming pool and also a steep path that goes all the way to the Glossop Road through even more woodland.
There are fishing possibilities and also pond where you may simply admire the fish, you can sign up with the sailing or boating club and learn how to sail or delight in the walks as well as paths. The Etherow Country Park has an impressive annual Events programme, plus guided theme walks and Area work days so check online before you visit to see exactly what is happening .
You may want to bring your boots as the walks can be muddy, especially after rainfall, yet the majority of the walkways are cared for very well. Stockport dog owners enjoy Etherow park as well as dogs and dog walkers are plentiful no matter what the weather condition, there is an excellent dog walking centre at the park.
There is a restaurant at the park and if the weather is bright and warm there are barbecues and tables so you can bring your own food and eat outdoors.
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