Hidden away behind the not-so-picturesque rubbish tip is Levenshulme’s beautiful secret lake. The name is a slight oxymoron considering it’s not really a secret and it’s not an actual lake, but it is still beautiful.
When I asked my parents about it they told me they used to go there long before they even had kids, but recently with the input of Facebook groups the lake has been re-discovered and has become something of a community project. After it’s re-discovery the community came together to clean up the spot and to keep it clean with the introduction of bins and signs encouraging the picking up of litter.
Accessible either by the Fallowfield Loop (check my article) or via Longford Lane (though the Loop is a much nicer access point) the lake seems to appear out of nowhere as you come out through the trees surrounding it; you’re taken aback by the surprising beauty of nature in the middle of essentially an industrial estate.
If you get lucky you might spot one of the family of swans who live on the lake or the occasional heron who takes nest there. There’s also the opportunity of fishing if that’s what takes your fancy.
The lake is a beautiful and serene spot in the middle of Levenshulme, lovely to go to when you just need a bit of time out.