Sports, leisure and the Arts Sand Street and Sandhills

Sand Street and Sandhills area

Irk river valley, Sandhills sign

Situated in the community of Collyhurst, these two sites form part of the Irk Valley green corridor, whilst at the same time serving as community green space. Primarily the sites consist of open meadow land with a fringe woodland coppice of Alder and Birch.

The topography of these sites is indicative of much of the Irk and Moston Brook River Valley. Moston Brook is culverted underneath Rochdale Road surfacing at the North East corner of Sandhills briefly returning to culvert underneath Fitzgeorge Street joining the River Irk underneath Collyhurst Road.

It is said that the sandstone dug from the hills of Sandhills was used to build the Manchester Cathedral.  As Manchester grew with the industrial revolution a tannery was built on Sand Street.

Location and Access
The main entrance for Sand Street is just off Collyhurst Road opposite HMG Paints. For Sandhills the main entrance is located on Eggington Street just off Rochdale Road.

Bus service numbers: 51, 77, 81, 82 and 83 from Manchester City Centre. These travel up Rochdale Road. Alight by the entrance at Eggington Street, by St Saviour's and Malachy's Schools.

There is good wheelchair access from Collyhurst Road, but the main surface of the central path is cobbled.


  • Sandhills - 5.6 hectares
  • Sand Street - 3.5 hectares

Walk across Collyhurst Road and into the New Era Woods site next to the submarine sculpture, by Manchester artist Jonathan Woolfenden and named "Dreadnowt", at HMG Paints. Continue walking up Collyhurst Road and join the River Irk at Smedley dip at the junction of Collyhurst Road and Queens Road.

Recreation and usage
These sites are suitable for short walks and cycling.

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