My new home patch is sadly lacking in wild green spaces. It’s a real effort to get out into the middle of nowhere, because Greater Manchester is such a big built-up place. Fortunately, Reddish Vale provides some escape—although it could hardly be described as being in the middle of nowhere.
Reddish Vale Country Park is an area of parkland and forest surrounding wetland, the river Tame and the railway viaduct, stretching from Reddish to Brinnington, out across the picturesque M60 motorway towards Denton.
I’ve definitely been spoilt living in Yorkshire for the last 25 years; the trail across the motorway was pretty unpleasant. But I’ve found that recreational walking isn’t so popular in this neck of the woods, so it’s relatively easy to get away from people—not that I’ve got anything against them, you understand.
So, I should count myself lucky that there is a place nearby where I can go for a walk away from roads and houses. Well, no. Councillors have just approved plans to redevelop part of Brinnington and build 70 new houses in Reddish Vale. It seems that there’s no getting away from human stupidity.