A hidden beauty spot that was just off the beaten track has been described as being like ‘an oasis’ for kids from Manchester.
Photographs of idyllic river banks surrounded by lush greenery with swimmers cooling off in the clear waters have made people reminisce on their childhoods spent there.
The spot in question is an attractive and secluded section of the River Bollin in Castle Hill, part of the Cotteril Clough Nature Reserve, close to Manchester Airport.
It’s also worth noting there was, up until the early 1970s, a large open air swimming pool near to Mill Wood in Castle Hill by the footbridge on Mill Lane where the road and River Bollin meet.
Like many lidos in the late 20th Century, the Castle Hill pool closed as tastes changed and more indoor swimming pools were built. However, it’s been noted that the River Bollin as an attraction has enjoyed something of a resurgence during the recent lockdowns.
Posting on the ‘Memories of growing up in and around Manchester UK’ Facebook group,…