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“Moses Gate Country Park”

Moses Gate Country Park
Ranked #7 of 51 things to do in Bolton
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Moses Gate Country Park”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

The park is a vast area covered by 3 lodges (A fishing lodge, a wildlife lodge and what was at one time a boating / model boat lodge, although I am not sure if you can canoe or go on any more with dinghies as not seen anyone for years do this)

There is the walk down the side of The River Croal and up to what is known as the Top Cut (top Canal now run by the Bolton Anglers Association) and Bottom Cut (which at one time used to be joined by locks that are no longer there)...this will lead you through to Ringley if you follow the canals.

Rock Hall visitor center is the main house down at the far end of the parking area, which is free parking and ample space and had lots of activities for walkers/children (ie pond dipping, learning about nature etc)..

On a sunny day a lot of people head out with their children as the park has introduced a play area (personally think this has spoilt the place where it has been located but you need to attract people).

Besides the main lodges with the usual Swans and Ducks I have seen Herons and even fish trying to make their way up the weir on the croal....

Like any outside nature place it can be spoilt by people leaving rubbish or by groups of idiots who are not respectful of others.

Visited October 2012
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Horse Riding”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I have been riding in Moses Gate C P for at least fifteen years on my horses ... I love the place ... the people who look after it ... and the amazing wildlife (DEER) , foxes,etc, it's a big part of my life.... sad \i know but what the hell ....

Visited January 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Okay for the locals”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This park has been ongoing for years, I remember it before it was a country park. You can fish, walk, birdwatch, eat ice cream. But your day CAN be spoiled by idiots. (its in that type of area) Everyone heads there when the sun is out (bewarned) Ample free car parking.

Visited June 2012
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Ivybridge, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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“Lovely place, could be even better with some investment”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

I grew up less than fifteen minutes walk away from Moses Gate, or Crompton Lodges as we always knew it and I always make an effort to visit with my son while I'm up seeing my family. The countryside is unchanging, it's beautiful in all weathers, and in thirty years I've never walked the same path there twice. The children's play area is great, very secure and safe, with rubber flooring so even the hardiest toddler can't injure themself.
As other reviewers have commented, the facilities here let it down however. I was very disappointed with the state of some of the footpaths the last time I visited which were so muddy as to be impassable. I'm not stupid; I know you get mud in the countryside, but maintaining a couple of paths with some gravel is not beyond the wit of man. As for the public toilets - just don't. Unfortunately some people have clearly looked at them and then gone to find the nearest bush, and there were some smelly areas when we last visited.
Feeding the ducks and geese is always a great activity with your kids, but it's getting to the stage now that there are far more waterfowl than the lodges can support and the levels of excrement are surely damaging to other wildlife. Most people feed the animals bread, which exacerbates the problem, and I'm sure dispensers could be fitted to issue mixed corn or pellets which would be more healthy for the birds.
That said, this really is one of Bolton's gems, and not to be missed if you're in the area. If you're lucky enough to still live nearby, use it or lose it folks!

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fun day out”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

A fun day out for the family, lots to do and see, take a picnic and feed the swans and geese fun in fresh air with lots to do if you have small children.

Visited August 2012
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