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Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale

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Tawd Valley Park is a hidden jewel in the heart of Skelmersdale. The site surrounds the River Tawd as it meanders its way from Yewdale across a large section of the historic town of Skelmersdale through to Cobbs Clough Brow.

'The Tawd' is a large country park and a haven for a wide variety of wildlife. You often see birds of prey soaring above the meadows and Kingfishers, Dippers and Wagtails patrolling the river banks.

There is an extensive path network and walking around the site you can find plenty of evidence of the area's history, with the ruins of an old mill, millponds and capped mineshafts, providing echoes of the industrial age. 

At Tawd Valley Park you can easily spend several hours wandering around the meadows and woodlands, enjoying the wildlife, relaxing and getting away from it all - come along and see for yourself!


  • Meadows
  • Play area


For details of events and activities at Tawd Valley Park visit our Events page.

The river is a subsidiary of the River Douglas and there are regular "Love your River" events organised by the River Douglas Catchment project in partnership with the Ranger Service. These range from clean up days to ecological surveys, if you would like further details please contact the Ranger Service.

How to find us

Following the course of the River Tawd, Tawd Valley Park runs through the heart of Skelmersdale with primary access for cars available via the A5068 on Glenburn Road.

The nearest train links are available at Up Holland Train Station (external link). For bus links, refer to the Arriva website (external link) for up to the minute information.

Disabled access

The site is patrolled by the Council's Parks and Countryside Ranger Service on a regular patrolling schedule. For more information and contact details for our Rangers visit our Park Ranger service page. 

While using the trails, you may encounter uneven surfaces, debris, or other obstacles. Please inform our rangers of any hazards you identify.

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