Parkland Paradise – Visiting Stockport With Dogs

Stockport is a large town in Greater Manchester. Known for its hat museum and air raid shelter, it has plenty to offer pet owners too. There are lots of places to visit in Stockport for those travelling with dogs.

Recently, we visited with Chase, Lewis, and another family dog. He’s a chocolate labrador also called Chase (we’ll call him Other Chase to keep things simple!). Keep reading to find out all about how to enjoy visiting Stockport with dogs.

Getting to Stockport

Stockport is well served by public transport. regular train connections from most major places in the UK, including hourly connections from:

  • Swansea (4 hrs 20 mins) and Cardiff (3 hrs 20 mins)
  • Norwich (4 hrs 20 mins) and Nottingham (1 hr 45 mins)
  • Bristol (3 hrs)
  • Southampton (4hrs 15 mins)

More frequent connections are available from:

  • Sheffield twice per hour (40 mins)
  • London three times per hour (1 hr 55 mins)
  • Birmingham twice per hour (1hr 30 mins)
  • Liverpool twice per hour (1 hr).

It also has a very frequent service to Manchester Piccadilly, just 10 minutes away, from which connections are available to Scotland, North Wales, and more northerly parts of England.

Stockport Station is a hub for many local trains

Stockport is very well connected by buses, with services running very frequently to destinations throughout the South and East of Greater Manchester. It also has connections to parts of North East Cheshire (for example, Macclesfield), and Derbyshire (New Mills, Hayfield and Buxton).

A ride into Stockport on the double-decker bus was very exciting for Lewis!

Stockport Town Centre

Stockport is a fairly large town with a population of almost 300,000 when taking into account the entire borough. As a result, the town centre is normally quite busy. Lots of shops and eateries draw in plenty of foot traffic.

The lads like to look their best when out on the town

Merseyway is the main shopping street in town. It can get a bit hectic here, with buskers and street performers often making quite the racket! On the upside, many shops in Stockport allow dogs inside. We often stop by Discount Pets and allow the lads to choose some treats. Chase visited on the way home from his birthday bash in Buxton and the staff offered him some treats on the house to celebrate.

Choosing a treat in Discount Pets is always a highlight

The town centre is mostly commercial buildings from the 20th century. But turn off the main street and you’ll find cobbled alleyways and venerable old pubs. Stockport has been around for almost 1,000 years, so there are all kinds of historic things to see, like Underbank Hall, a 15th-century building that still functions as a bank.

There are plenty of interesting sights for a hound in Stockport

Although the River Mersey runs through the centre of town, it is mostly underground, so don’t expect a pleasant riverside walk. You will, however, find lots of small parcels of greenery throughout the town.

Chase enjoyed lots of attention when wearing his birthday hat in Stockport!

Places to Visit in Stockport With Dogs

If you’re visiting Stockport with dogs, your leisure activities will be mostly restricted to walking. Still, there is plenty of green space in the area, so it’s well worth exploring.

The two Chases had fun exploring the park!

Vernon Park/Woodbank Park is a great spot for a walk. Although technically two different parks, this is one large greenspace, lying just outside the town centre. It features Edwardian gardens and great views of the River Mersey.

Wide open spaces in Vernon Park are perfect for dogs!

There were plenty of dogs in the park, so we enjoyed the opportunity for lots of socialisation. Most people had their dogs under good control, so this was an enjoyable and relaxing walk for everyone.

Lewis met a cute puppy celebrating his first birthday!

There is also a small café within the grounds of the park. We chose to sit outside in the warm sun with our ice creams. Dog-friendly ice creams were also on offer and these went down well with the hounds in attendance!

A doggy ice cream for Chase!

If you want to do some shopping, visit Stockport Market. The indoor market hall dates back to the Victorian era and is totally dog friendly. Over 35 stores are open throughout the week. You could pick up anything from local artwork to toys.

Dogs are welcome inside Stockport Market Hall!

Sadly, Stockport Hat Works isn’t dog friendly. That means your dream of putting a pork pie hat on a poodle may be over!

Dog-Friendly Attractions Close to Stockport

There are some great spots to visit just outside of town too. We love Chadkirk Chapel which offers a mix of ancient woodland, meadows and gardens to enjoy. Dogs aren’t allowed in the chapel itself, but you can enjoy walking the vast grounds which are packed with wildlife. You can get here by taking the 384 bus to Romiley station, about 10 minutes walk away – it runs every 20 minutes.

Chase relaxing in the grounds of Chadkirk Chapel

Lyme Park is a vast estate filled with beautiful scenery and historic structures. Wander the grounds and you’ll see millponds,  various towers and other beautiful buildings. You and your dog can visit the immaculate Dutch gardens for £6 each too. Deer and sheep are present in the park, so be sure to keep your dog on a lead to avoid any issues. You can get here on the 199 bus, which runs every 30 minutes – it drops off at the park gate.

Reddish Vale Country Park is another excellent park that’s just a stone’s throw away. It offers riverside walks, a duck pond, and grassland walking trails. A small café near the car park offers a range of drinks and sweet treats. The 7 or 203 buses will get you here – they drop at Houldsworth Square in the centre of Reddish, and it’s a 5 minute walk to the park from there.

We also recommend Marple, just a short bus ride away from Stockport town centre. This small town gives access to the Peak Forest Canal. From there, you can walk to New Mills in Derbyshire about an hour away. The hourly 358 bus parallels this section of the canal, so if you get tired, you don’t have to worry about being trapped. The scenery is beautiful but watch out for Canada Geese which may block the towpath!

Eat and Drink With Dogs in Stockport

On our last visit to Stockport, we visited The Produce Hall. This is a huge, food-court-style venue, offering a wide variety of dining options ranging from pizza to Thai food. There was plenty of space for the lads. We chose to sit upstairs, although this involved navigating a spiral staircase, so may not be suitable for all dogs.

Stockport Produce Hall offers a wide range of places to eat and drink

Many pubs in Stockport welcome dogs inside and out. Try the Arden Arms or the Angel Inn.

Visit Stockport

Chase, Other Chase and Lewis agree: Stockport’s great parks make it a great place to visit. Stop by on a warm day to make the most of the area’s green space and find your own favourite places to visit in Stockport.

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