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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Colliers Wood offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year.

How to find us

How to find us

Colliers Wood is located approximately ten miles west of Manchester. 

Higher Folds, Greater Manchester
Sat Nav Postcode: WN7 2YP
By Public Transport

Accessible off Leigh to Manchester Guided bus way.

OS Grid Ref
SD685001

53.502924, -2.4808925

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Colliers Wood. 

On-street parking is available only. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

There are no designated accessible parking spaces at this forest, have you seen our Easy Access trails page?

Facilities and access

There are no waymarked walking trails.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4340

Colliers Wood provides a mix of stunning woodland walks and open grassland views

As a former coal mine, Colliers Wood forms an interconnected area of woodlands and grassland surrounding Higher Folds. The various footpaths offer quite a lot of opportunity for exploration and discovery.

There has been recent planting near Cooling Lane which is now coming into fruition. From Queensway, there is access to an area once used by bird watchers.

Colliers Wood is located approximately ten miles west of Manchester. 

At a glance

  • Walking trails
  • Orienteering
  • Dog walking

Things to do

Try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are a little more competitive the challenge is to complete the course in the quickest time.

If interested in using the course please contact Delamere.

Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of the area's most beautiful landscapes.

Colliers Wood has a range of paths that run through the woodland including the Jubilee Legacy walk.

Nearby forests

Grassland

Formerly made up of the iconic Mains Colliery and a dairy farm, Viridor Wood was also part of the ancient Coffin Trail.

The woodland is interspersed with open grassland, affording some fantastic views and playing host to a wide variety of wildlife and plants including Orchids.

The lovingly hand-crafted pieces of wooden artwork dotted around the site serve to help make the wood perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Barn Owl

A number of paths link together areas of open grassland and young woodland across this hillside site.

The young trees provide incredible displays in autumn, and at dusk you may well see hunting barn owls.

Lakeside path at Drinkwater Path

Situated in Greater Manchester, Drinkwater Park is home to a diverse mix of native woodland, open meadows and borders the River Irwell. It is connected by a superb network of paths making it the perfect location for a leisurely stroll, blood-pumping run or if you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Footpath through trees at Sutton Manor

Sutton Manor is a 230 acre site located in St Helens next to the M62 on the former Sutton Manor Colliery. At its highest point it is over 200m above sea level.

In 2001 the former spoil heap was transformed into a community woodland and wildlife haven for the local community and visitors to enjoy. Over 2 million trees were planted!

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