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Parks & Countryside

From woodland walks to windswept moors, wildlife habitats to water sports, Bury’s countryside delivers the very best nature has to offer with an abundance of open spaces and parks for everyone to enjoy.

Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell with 36 hectares of scenic countryside, one mile north west of Bury town centre. While in the south with over 500 acres of woodland, Prestwich Forest Park offers a unique place to enjoy the outdoors within a relatively built-up suburban area. Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom provides a large play area and scenic parkland paths to stroll while taking in the view of passing steam trains and the majestic Holcombe Hill rising in the distance.

On the outskirts of Ramsbottom heading for Hawkshaw village lies Redisher woods,14 hectares of ancient woodland in a steep-sided stream valley with paths leading to Holcombe Moor ideal for a spot of pond dipping .

Forming part of the national cycle route the Kirklees Trail is a scenic 4.5km path for walkers, cyclists and horseriders along a former railway line linking Greenmount with Bury town centre.

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  1. East Lancashire Railway

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    East Lancashire Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Bury

    Experience the sounds, smell and stunning surroundings of this heritage railway.

    The East Lancashire Railway is your gateway to grand adventure. As a big part of the North West’s history, the railway once formed the backbone of industry in the Irwell Valley, connecting local mill towns to...

  2. Two Brooks Valley

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    Two Brooks Valley

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Bury

    Two Brooks Valley lies deep within Hawshaw valley between Turton Road and Bolton Road. The area provides the opportunity for a leisurely stroll in the delightful setting of woods, brooks, lodges.

  3. Sculpture in Close Park

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    Close Park

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    Municipal Park

    Bury

    Close Park is a public park located approximately 3 miles from Bury town centre and 1 mile from Radcliffe town centre. The park has a bowling green, football pitches, outdoor gym equipment, children's play area.

  4. The Irwell Sculpture Trail at Burrs Country Park

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    Burrs Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Bury

    Country Park offering riverside walks, canoeing and outdoor activity centre and location of Burrs Caravan Club site. From early 2017 the East Lancashire Heritage Railway will operate services to and from a new station at Burrs.

  5. Chesham woods in the snow

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    Chesham Woods

    Type

    Country / Royal Park

    Bury

    Pasture and woodland on the edge of Bury town centre which offers a variety of walks and trails.

  6. Philips Park Woodland

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    Philips Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Whitefield

    Take a walk in the Park at Philips Park Local Nature Reserve. A mosaic of wildlife, rich woodland, and grassland habitats on the boundary of Whitefield and Prestwich to the south of Bury.

  7. Nuttall Park

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    Nuttall Park

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Bury

    Located within walking distance of Ramsbottom town centre and the East Lancashire Railway station, this popular riverside park includes a children's play ground, fitness trail and regular events.

  8. Plane Tree Field Prestwich Forest Park

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    Prestwich Forest Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Bury

    Prestwich Forest Park offers 200 hectares of woodland and open space. There are plenty of places to explore and lots of wildlife to discover, regular activities, play area and mountain bike trail.

  9. Peel Tower and holcome hill

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    Peel Tower and Holcombe Hill

    Type

    Tower

    Ramsbottom

    This well known Bury landmark was built in 1852, erected in tribute to one of Bury's most famous sons, Sir Robert Peel. Peel was the founder of the Police force and Prime Minister 1841-1846.

  10. Irwell Sculpture Trail

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    Irwell Sculpture Trail

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Bury

    The largest public arts scheme in the North West. There are currently 30 sculptures by regional, national and international artists which celebrate the area's heritage and landscape.

  11. Trees at Redisher Woods

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    Redisher Wood

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Bury

    Explore 14 hectares of Ancient Woodland, largely unchanged since the mid 19th century.

  12. Kirklees Trail in Bury

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    Kirklees Trail

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Bury

    Take a stroll or cycle down the Kirklees trail, a former railway line linking Greenmount with Bury Town centre.

  13. Ulrich Ruckreim Sculpture Outwood Park

    Outwood Country Park and Outwood Trail

    Type

    Cycling and Mountain Biking

    Radcliffe

    Country Park and Trail home to the Ruckreim cluster on the Irwell Sculpture Trail

  14. Heaton Hall Bee's by Ed Swinden

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    Heaton Park

    Type

    Garden

    Prestwich, Manchester

    A beautiful space with a range of activities on offer for all ages.

  15. Heaton Hall

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    Heaton Hall

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Manchester

    A magnificent 18th Century country house set in Heaton Park's rolling landscape.

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