Please be aware instances of Giant Hogweed have been found at Drinkwater Park. Contact can cause burns to the skin which may require medical treatment. - Find out more
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Contact details

Opening hours

Drinkwater Park offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us
Drinkwater Park, Rainsough Brow, Prestwich
Sat Nav Postcode: M25 9XW
By Car

The park can be accessed by a small car park off Rainsough Brow, Prestwich. 

OS Grid Ref
SD801028

53.516163422543, -2.2938713575625

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Drinkwater Park. 

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?

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4340

Drinkwater is a great mixed woodland, popular with the local community for its wide network of paths

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. 

Formerly home to Irwell House, a Georgian mansion that was later turned into an isolation hospital, the park is full of a rich history. Keep your eyes peeled for part of the mansions foundations that can still be seen today!

The National Cycle Network 6 and the Irwell Sculpture Trail also run through the site.

At a glance

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Sculpture trail 
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding 
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

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Walking in the woodland is the perfect way to get some fresh air and explore some of Manchester's natural landscapes. 

Drinkwater Park is connected by a network of public paths that take you throughout the park. The Irwell Sculpture Trail also runs through the site. Find out more about the trail below. 

Nearby forests

field with rocks

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. 

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.

Shaded forest woodland walk

Rochdale Woodlands is a haven for wildlife. Woodpeckers, dippers and kingfishers are a regular sighting, along with many other species.

With mature broadleaf trees and coppiced willow, Rochdale also supports a healthy population of woodland birds.

Meadowfields (off Albert Royd Street) is a mix of woodland and expansive open grassland on the banks of the River Roch.

There is also wet grassland areas, providing a fantastic habitat for frogs, toads and insects.

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.

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