Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge
Nestled on the side of Parbold Hill above the rural village of Appley Bridge, Fairy Glen has a tranquil, secluded atmosphere.
The site follows Sprodley Brook which has, over time, cut down through the underlying sandstone to create the steep Fairy Glen valley with spectacular waterfalls and cliff faces. These features, interspersed within the ancient broadleaved woodland, make Fairy Glen one of the most picturesque woodlands in the borough.
Designated as a Biological Heritage Site for its oak, birch, ash and alder, the site boasts a rich and mature woodland biodiversity. There is a wide variety of flora growing at the site and, depending on the season, the woodland floor may be covered with bluebells, wild garlic, ferns, and red campion.
Fairy Glen is a linear site but there are plenty of links to the wider countryside through the local public footpath system, with ample opportunities to find a circular route of a length to suit your needs.
Lend a hand
The sites excellent biodiversity is under threat by invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam, Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. The Ranger Service works hard to control the spread of these species but we rely heavily on the input of volunteers to lend a helping hand. For more details about volunteering please contact the rangers.
- Picnic and seated areas
Download our Fairy Glen site map (PDF 279kb) for more information about facilities.
How to find us
The small clough valley of Fairy Glen can be found near Appley Bridge in close proximity to Finch Lane, and is just a short walk away from Appley Lane N (just off the A5209 on Sparrow Hill) and Appley Bridge Train Station (external link).
To find out bus times to and from Appley Bridge, download the Service: 3A Lancashire County Council bus times (PDF 1,324kb)
If you download the site map available in the facilities section above, the index highlights wheelchair friendly paths.
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