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Nature reserves

​Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre on the way to Whitworth and Bacup.

The reserve is signposted from the A671 Rochdale-Bacup Road and from the B6377 opposite Healey Hotel. Car parking is available at Broadley Wood Lodge, off Station Road.

The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands down the thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills.

A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct.

Alkrington Woods, MiddletonParking and access from Manchester Old Road A576, M24 1WF. 01706 373421.
Ashworth and Naden ValleysAccess via Bury Old Road, Simpson Clough or from A680 opposite Owd Betts, OL12 7TY. 01706 350459.
Hopwood Clough, MiddletonAccess from Rochdale Road A664, M24 6XH.
Piethorne ValleyRangers Office, Waterworks Road, Ogden, Newhey, OL16 3TQ. 01706 881049.
Rochdale CanalRecreational opportunities across the Borough include delightful towpath walks, fishing and canoeing.
Summit QuarryA6033 Todmorden Road. Parking at Summit Quarry, behind Summit Inn, OL2 6XF. 01706 373421.
Watergrove ReservoirTrapp Farm Car Park, Ramsden Road, Wardle, OL12 9EN. 01706 379060.