Many of us are looking for good local walking routes so we can make the most of our time outdoors when lockdown rules are relaxed.

There are plenty of outdoor options available in Salford. A good park, especially those with decent play areas, can keep the kids happy for hours.

So whether it's a climbing frame, a cosy cafe, or an adventurous walk that you're looking for, we've been asking parents to recommend their favourite parks and walks in Salford - and there are some great ones to choose from. 

Clifton Country Park

The country park and nature reserve is part of the Irwell Valley and offers a vast expanse of beautiful countryside on the edge of Salford. 

The play area was refurbished last Easter and features a giant swing, a new climbing frame with monkey bars, ropes and slide, swings and animal themed ‘springies’, which children can sit on and rock back and forward. 

Picnic benches and existing swings were also refurbished to include special disabled friendly boat seats. And surfaces were replaced to make it easier to use pushchairs and wheelchairs on the playground.

We've listed the best places to go walking
We've listed the best places to go walking

As well as the children's play area, there's a large climbing boulder for kids to tackle. 

You can then enjoy a lakeside walk - venturing round the entire lake if those little legs can make it round - and you can cross a green bridge to reach a stream lined with pebbles for that all-important stone skimming. 

There are some real animals to spot - horses usually greet you near the fences at the car park - and you can head to the lake to see ducks, geese and other wildlife. 

Many of the paths are level making it accessible for prams and there are carved wooden characters for little ones to spot along the route, including the popular Gruffalo. 

There's usually an ice cream van there too - even in the chillier weather. 

Clifton Country Park, Clifton, Salford, M27 6NG. 

Peel Park, Salford 

It might be on the doorstep of Manchester city centre but there's a whole lot of green space to enjoy at Salford's Peel Park. 

Its play area, with picnic tables conveniently sited nearby, has sand diggers, a hexagon climbing frame and a zip wire, as well as a slide, swings and see saw. 

Close to Salford Museum and Art Gallery, many families combine a visit to both and the park regularly hosts events too, including bug hunting and pond exploring. See online for upcoming  events. 

There's lots of open space to enjoy for games like frisbee and an area of completely flat grass - formerly a bowling green - which is perfect for a game of football or cricket.

Peel Park, Salford
Peel Park, Salford

If you're after a bit more exercise, there’s a path that covers the perimeter of the park that can be used for cycling, running and walking. 

For younger children there's an online  game  they can play inside the park, ticking off things like the daffodil garden as they find them. 

You could call in at the museum café to refuel after your trip. 

Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PD. 

Roe Green Play Park, Salford 

A popular one for families close to Worsley is the Roe Green Play park. 

The Roe Green Play Park committee coordinated the fundraising for the refurbishment, which brought in lots of new equipment for children of different ages including a roundabout, swings and a seesaw.

Roe Green play park
Roe Green play park

Its carved wooden animals have proven particularly popular, as have its mini 'road' and 'roundabout' on which children can ride their bikes and scooters. 

For more details on the play area visit the Facebook page  here. 

Roe Green Play Park, Roe Green, Worsley, M28 2RN. 

Buile Hill Park 

Salford’s biggest park is a popular one - for walking, running and playing. 

It features tennis courts, a multi-use games area, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas and a playground.

Buile Hill Park 
Buile Hill Park 

There's various equipment on the play area - for younger and older children - including slides, climbing frames, a seesaw and zipwire. 

And there's plenty of space around the park for picnics and playing football and other games on the grass. 

Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Road, Salford, M6 8GL.

Clowes Park 

On the border of Salford and Bury, the lesser known Clowes Park - also known as Broughton Park - is a real hidden gem.

Clowes Park 
Clowes Park 

Featuring a large duck pond and a play area with a section for older kids too, it's a popular one for families with children of different ages. 

It’s not a huge park - it doesn’t have toilets or a cafe - but it's still well visited. 

Clowes Park, New Hall Road, M7 4HS. 

Victoria Park, Swinton 

Not far from Swinton town centre is Victoria Park and it's another popular one for families. 

Its recently refurbished play area offers a range of equipment, there's a tree trail to follow and outdoor gym equipment. 

The main feature of the park is its beautifully restored bandstand - a grade two listed building which dates back to 1897 to commemorate the 60th year of the reign of Queen Victoria.

Victoria Park in Swinton

And the park, which runs at the side of the A6 Manchester Road, is also known for its fine floral displays which can often be spotted as you drive past. 

Victoria Park, Swinton Hall Road, Swinton, M27 4UR. 

Worsley Woods 

Generations of families have descended on Worsley Woods. 

It might be hidden away but it actually covers 30 hectres in all and can be reached from Salford's network of looplines or the historical Bridgewater Canal. 

The playground - more than a decade old - and the wooden equipment has deteriorated somewhat, but is still usable, and we  reported on how it's going to benefit from a refurb thanks to a £40k government grant, and various fundraising efforts by the Worsley Woods Action group.

Bridgewater Canal in Worsley Woods
Bridgewater Canal in Worsley Woods

As well as self-guided trails, the Salford ranger team and friends group regularly host events and activities in the woods, including walks and talks, orienteering and more. 

There's a lake there too, with a jetty to walk along and see the ducks and swans and there are lots of steps and winding paths to explore on your adventure through the woods. 

Worsley Woods, Greenleach Lane, Worsley, M28 2QW. 

Lightoaks Park 

In the heart of Claremont, near Irlams o'th' Height, Lightoaks Park is one of the city's larger parks and much-loved by the community.

Its play area is a hit - with swings, a huge slide, a zip wire and more - and there's a multi-use games area and tennis courts, as well as an outdoor gym. 

The park has a large duck pond too and its more recent addition of the Tea'osk, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks, has been welcomed by visitors.

Lightoaks Park
Lightoaks Park

It currently opens on volunteering days and during special events, but is hoping to open more regularly from spring. 

The regular events are put on thanks to the  Friends of Lightoaks Park  group. These include everything from clean-ups and fun runs to fairs and Christmas events. 

Lightoaks Park, Claremont Road, Claremont, M6 8NP.