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Pond dipping

Come and visit Clayton Vale Local Nature Reserve, see what's to do how you can make the most of your experience here:

Clayton Vale Centre

Located on Edge Lane (opposite the Bay Horse Public House).  The centre is only open to the public at events.  However, if the door is open pleas feel free to come in and use the facilities including toilets and cafe at certain events.  This is a great facility to use, if you would like to book this please contact East Area parks on 0161 223 8278. 

Picnic Areas

There are a number of picnic areas around the site.  The ones nearest the centre are more accessible to the disabled.


Fishing is available at the Fishing Pond near the Iron Bridge.  Please ensure you put all rubbish in appropriate bins provided or take it home.  Leaving lines and bags can be damaging to the environment and the local wildlife.  The fishing pond is a Site of Biological Importance due to the Common Read growing there which is not common in the local area.

Children's Play Areas

There are no formal play areas on Clayton Vale but it is a fantastic place to explore! Run through the long grass and use your imagination to create your own play space, the natural environment is a great place to do this.


There are two SBI's (Sites of Biological Importance) ponds including the fishing one.  The other is near Culceth Lane near the railway.  Near the centre is a pond which is used for dipping during events and with schools.


Located in the Clayton Vale Centre. A disabled ramp allows easy access for wheelchair users. Please note: the toilets are open when the centre is open for events.

Visitor Centre

Located near the Stuart Street entrance, the Visitor Centre (or 'Lodge' as it is also known) provides a range of information for visitors, including a display showing the history of the park.

Want to visit or more information?  Contact East Area Parks 0161 223 8278

map of the site is available in the resources section of this website