Abney Park

The land on the right-hand side is used by the Scouts and Girl Guides for jamborees and the building in the car park is used for overnight accommodation for the visiting troops.

 

On the left, facing the entrance to the car park is a small memorial garden, where trees have been planted in memory of loved ones.  This area is going to be tidied up in the very near future (sic).  Further along the road on the left, the trees become an orchard of apple and pear trees - all old varieties which used to grow in Stockport.

 

**Note: if you wish to avoid the dirt track (which may be muddy) and the steps, continue straight ahead which will bring you into the car park at the front of the Hall. Turn left at the main drive and join up with the walk.

 

At the end of the orchard, a path goes to the left in front of two magnolia trees which are planted in raised beds with a carved laurel wreath around the top.  The area between the two magnolias, is the pet cemetery where the pets belonging to the Watts family were buried.

 

James Watts purchased Buckley Hall, which was originally sited in South Lancashire and he transported it piece by piece to Abney and had it rebuilt in the area beyond the magnolia trees.  There are various stories about what the building was used for, some say it was used as a chapel, but there is a chapel in the hall; another story says it was used as an art gallery.  The Urban District Council had Buckley Hall demolished when they moved into Abney Hall because it was apparently riddled with woodworm.

 

**Carry on along the dirt track and then turn left down a flight of steps to a bridge over Chorlton Brook at the man made waterfall. Follow the path round to the right and you will see Abney Hall across the brook.  The land in front was used as a croquet lawn. 

Continue along the dirt track to the main drive and turn left to the gates on Manchester Road.

 

Note: Diversion to avoid the steps and possibly muddy path rejoins the walk here.