Daisy Nook Country Park is 40 hectares of varied landscape in the heart of the Medlock Valley and is managed by both Oldham and Tameside Councils.

There are waterways, a lake, a canal, woodlands and wildflower meadows.

The park is a great habitat for wildlife and bird-spotting - with an abundance of creatures from great-spotted woodpeckers and owls, to foxes and squirrels.

There are footpaths and bridleways for horse riding that link to neighbouring countryside areas.

Day tickets for fishing at Sammy's Basin, Crime Lake and Bardsley Canal are available at the waterside from the bailiff. 

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  • Café/toilets (cafe opening times) 
  • Children’s play area with sand play and basket swing
  • Orienteering - web page
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Bird watching 
  • Pond dipping
  • Car parking

Playground equipment suitable for disabled children

  • Basket swing

Let's go for a walk!

Download a walking guide to the Daisy Nook area.


Help to care for Daisy Nook

If you're interested in helping to care for Daisy Nook, phone 0161 770 4607 or email environmentalservices@oldham.gov.uk.

Rich local history

The area was originally known as the village of Waterhouses.

In 1855 the famous Lancashire poet and writer Ben Brierley published ‘A Day Out’, featuring a ramble to a fictional beauty spot called Daisy Nook. The new name stuck.

Crime Lake was formed in 1795 as a result of the blockage of a canal culvert which flooded the Crime Valley. ‘Crime’ is an old word relating to land intersected by a watercourse or stream.

The canal has been central to the area’s thriving industry and features impressive aqueducts, a unique double lock system and a right angle turn near Sammy’s Basin.