A mini-guide to a day out in Sale

Bridgewater Canal, Sale

Bridgewater Canal, Sale - Credit: not Archant

Despite being only minutes from Manchester Sale retains the feel of a village, rather than a suburb. Passionate independents sit side by side with national chains, each providing residents and visitors with everything they need for life and living well.


Stress-free pedestrianised shopping is easy along the tree lined School Road. The Square, Sale’s Shopping Centre, provides customers with a choice of covered malls, attractive open pedestrianised areas and a good range of retailers, from fashion to food to travel and interiors.


There’s quite some choice for dining out in Sale, from the Bean & Brush café, perfect for families looking for a quirky experience with great food and fine art (well, as fine as you can make it!) to Table 10, a venue as perfect for a family gathering as a romantic night out this popular restaurant scores the number one spot on TripAdvisor, where one happy diner describes it as ‘a jewel of a place’!


You can’t spend long in Sale without realising that the residents have a bit of a passion for their local rubgy team. The Sale Sharks are one of the leading professional Rugby Union clubs in Europe, all the more impressive a fact when you recall that this is a region where Rugby League is far more the thing! Founded in 1861, their club has moved venues a number of times over the years, finally settling at their present Heywood Road ground in 1905. As one of the leading sides in Europe, the Sharks boast a star-studded squad that includes internationals from all over the world. To pick out just a few, from England there are Mark Cueto and Andrew Sheridan; from Wales Dwayne Peel and Andy Powell and Scotland is represented by Richie Vernon and Alasdair Dickinson. Indeed, the Sharks had representatives from seven nations at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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Want something a little quieter? Sale can provide! Built on the banks of the River Mersey, the traditional boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire, Sale offers walkers several, varied walks along the river banks, round Sale Water Park and though Priory Gardens and Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve. Don’t worry though, they are perhaps better described as strolls and are perfect for working off that delicious lunch you just consumed!

Broad Ees Dole is an important wildlife refuge in the busy Sale Water Park site. Although there are no footpaths leading through the Dole, the footpaths around the perimeter of the site provide excellent viewpoints to watch the bird life for which the site is so important.

The unusual name of this site explains its past use: Ees is a word to describe a wetland, whilst Dole originally referred to a plot of land allotted to the poor. Until the 1970s, this flood meadow was used as pasture. In times of heavy rain, sluice gates were opened and the area would be submerged in water that came gushing out of the swollen river.

Shop, Eat, Stroll…for a varied day out, not so far from home, Sale seems to have it all!

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