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Walk leader :  Terry W.  
Walk details :  Starting at Sunny Brow Park in Gorton, some 3 miles from central Manchester, this is an easy walk of 4.5 miles, taking about 2 hours, plus our lunch break. It follows the first part of the Gorton Heritage Trail which is ‘designed to promote and conserve the heritage and wildlife of Gore Brook Valley’. An interesting, little wood takes us to the pedestrian light controlled crossing point to cross the very busy Hyde Road, then we pass a butterfly garden and enter the ‘old salt road’ passing the Vale Cottage pub to arrive at Tanyard Brow, site of an old tannery which closed in 1959. We then take the path around Gorton Lower and Upper Reservoirs, walk along Kings Road, and do a figure of eight to recross the reservoirs and return to Gorton. Dogs will enjoy this walk but we are likely to meet other people and dogs at times so please keep dogs on a lead when necessary. Please bring your own lunch, and drinks for our refreshment stop, and plastic or similar to sit on. 
Risk assessment :   A risk assessment was carried out on 20/10/2022.  A summary of identified risks is below: –
Roads – We do cross some roads so please take extra care on these. Hyde Road, in particular, always has fast traffic so it is essential to use the pedestrian light-controlled crossing point near the bridge over the road. 
Terrain – The walk has some sloping paths but no very steep gradients. Paths are likely to be wet, muddy and slippery in parts, so wearing boots is recommended. The woodland paths do have tree roots, some low overhead branches and low brambles and nettles. We will be walking on a road through two golf courses so please be aware of golfers and the risk of flying golf balls. A few asphalt paths are likely to have cyclists and e bikes on them. As these do not always signal their approach, please be aware of them and be prepared to move to allow them through.
Accessibility – There are no stiles or fences to climb. The walk is on well used trails, roads or paths. 
Water – We do pass reservoirs which are very dangerous to enter due to the risk of cold-water shock and hidden hazards. Please keep dogs on a lead when we are next to reservoirs to avoid any risk of them going in the water.
The walk leader will hold a short safety briefing at the start and will remind walkers of any additional risk wich may be encountered at appropriate points on the walk.                        
Start time and meeting point :12.00 noon in Sunny Brow Park, at the junction of Haworth Rd and Peacock Grove, Gorton, Manchester M18 7FL.
Directions to the start : Take the A57 (Hyde Road) leaving Manchester towards Gorton, pass the large Tesco Extra in Gorton, then take a right turn down Peacock Grove. It appears there is unrestricted parking on Peacock Grove (M18 7FL) or on Haworth Road beside Sunny Brow Park. There are no public toilets near this walk but the website of the Tesco Extra store in Gorton, a few minutes walk from the park, advertises fully accessible toilets. The store also has a petrol station next to it.