Explore 14 hectares of ancient woodland, largely unchanged since the mid-19th century. Redisher Wood Local Nature Reserve, a wooded valley at the base of Holcombe Hill, in the north of Bury, is one of the best ancient woodland sites in the borough and home to a number of important woodland bird communities. In late spring, the steep valley sides are carpeted with bluebells and lesser celandine lines the banks of Holcombe Brook as it passes through the middle of the valley. Local pubs can provide welcome refreshment after a hike up the valley.
While no formal circular route exists, the downloadable leaflet shows a number of paths within the local nature reserve for you to explore at your leisure.
Accessibility and facilities
While some of the paths may be level, there are also several steep sections and cobbled areas. This walk is therefore not listed as accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are no toilets in the nature reserve, but the main access point is near a pub.
How to get there
The easiest access is either from the lane just to the north of the Hare and Hounds pub (i.e. keeping the pub and then the old factory to your left) or from Park Road 100 metres south of the pub. The Hare and Hounds, which enjoys excellent bus connections, is therefore given as the walk start point.
To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link shown on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.