Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale

tawd valley park

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

Tawd Valley Park project

An exciting new project is underway to bring significant environmental and recreational benefits to Tawd Valley Park and we would love to hear your views. To find out more visit our Tawd Valley Park Project page.


Due to COVID-19 all of our public events and ranger led activities are currently cancelled.

However, we have designed a Animal Tracks trail and a Tawd Valley Bingo sheet for people to complete during their visit. You can download the resources below.

Download your TVP Bingo sheet by clicking here (pdf 348kb)

Download a copy of the TVP Tracks trail map by clicking here (pdf 554kb)

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.


Our Parks and Countryside Service work hard to manage and maintain all of our sites to ensure that they are accessible and safe for all their visitors. However, while using the trails, you may encounter uneven surfaces, debris, or other obstacles. If you have any concerns or suggestions about how we can improve access to the site or you require further information, please contact the Ranger Service via 01695 622794 or beacon.park@westlancs.gov.uk.

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