Mersey Valley Visitors Centre

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Mersey Valley Visitors Centre: The Information Wardens at the Visitor Centre can provide you with maps and details on events within the Valley, along with Natural History information. The Centre is home to colourful, seasonally changing displays, so there is always something new to see.The Visitor Centre overlooks a small marshland full of reed mace and reed sweet grass. A network of ditches is important for ten spined stickleback and a variety of insects, especially dragonfly nymphs. The area is rich in wildflowers, including the regionally rare great yellowcress, water forget-me-not and skullcap. There is a viewing platform over the marsh that allows you to get closer to this habitat without getting your socks soggy.

The bank of wildflowers below the Visitor Centre is awash with colour during summer months and bumble bees and hoverflies buzz around feeding on nectar and collecting pollen. It's also a good place to spot butterflies. Local community groups have planted corn poppy, birds foot trefoil, yellow rattle, toad flax and meadow cranesbill, amongst others to create this beautiful wildflower meadow.

From the Mersey Valley Visitor Centre you can follow one of 5 Health Walks in the Mersey Valley. Follow the signs, which will take you on a circular route of about a mile in length. The well-surfaced paths are accessible to wheelchairs and push chairs; and there are no unexpected steep hills. You will find benches situated at intervals along the route should you need to rest a while, or you just want to sit and enjoy the countryside.

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Sale, Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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The Visitor Centre can be accessed by car from Junction 6 of the M60. Follow signs for Trafford Water Sports Centre. There is a car park at the Visitor Centre which is the first building you come to off Rifle Road.


On foot or bicycle, the Visitor Centre can be reached from Chorlton by crossing Jacksons Boat Bridge from Hardy Farm.


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Address: Mersey Valley Visitors Centre, Rifle Rd, Sale, Greater Manchester, M33 2LX, UK
Phone: +44 161 905 1100
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