The North West's only dedicated and dog-friendly walking route has been created in one of the borough's flagship parks.
The picturesque 2km route stretches from the entrance of Queen's Park in Heywood to the boating lake at the foot of the park, with a map at the entrance gate and official Dog's Trust route markers along the way to guide owners around.
'We're delighted to be working alongside The Dog's Trust'
Walking has many benefits for owners and dogs alike. With studies showing that a 30-minute walk, 4 times per week can reduce blood pressure, increase energy, improve sense of well-being, and lower your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%.
In addition the dog friendly Queen's park café provides a welcome pit stop for tired legs at the end of the walk, with dog treats on offer for 4 legged friends.
'We want residents and dog owners to enjoy our green spaces'
Councillor Neil Emmott, the council's cabinet member for housing and environment, said: "We're delighted to be the only local authority in the north west to be working alongside The Dog's Trust and offer a dedicated walking route for dog walkers in one of our wonderful award winning Green Flag parks. We know that getting out and about has great health benefits and we want to encourage our residents to enjoy our green spaces and let dog owners know they are a welcome part of the community here at Queen's Park."
Parks and gardens - Queen's Park is one of 8 Green Flag parks in the borough, you can find out more about local Green Flag parks.