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

Opening hours

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

 

The car park closes at 8.30pm summer time and 5.30pm in winter.

How to find us

How to find us
Horrocks Wood, Bolton
Sat Nav Postcode: BL1 7NY
OS Grid Ref
SD694130

53.612499765917, -2.4642803945038

Parking and prices

There is a car park at Scout Road, Off Smithills Dean, Bolton.

There are no parking charges at Horrocks Wood. 

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

Assistant dogs welcome

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4340

Set within the foothills of Winter Hill, on clear days Horrocks Wood has views to Jodrell Bank Observatory and beyond

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.

At a glance

  • Walking trails

Things to do

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

Horrocks Wood has a range of open access paths that run through the woodland where you will get panoramic views as far as Staffordshire and even into Wales!

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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