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Nature reserves

​Find out about Healey Dell Nature reserve and others across the borough.

Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre on the way to Whitworth and Bacup.

The reserve is signposted from the A671 Rochdale-Bacup Road and from the B6377 opposite Healey Hotel. Car parking is available at Broadley Wood Lodge, off Station Road.

The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands down the thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills.

A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct.

Other nature reserves in Rochdale borough

 View a nature reserves across the borough in the table below.

​Nature reserve​Access information and contact details
Alkrington WoodsAccess: from Manchester Old Road A576, Middleton M24 1WF.
Phone: 01706 373421.
Ashworth and Naden ValleysAccess: via Bury Old Road, Simpson Clough or from A680 opposite Owd Betts, OL12 7TY.
Phone: 01706 350459.
Hopwood CloughAccess: from Rochdale Road A664, Middleton M24 6XH.
Piethorne ValleyAccess: from Waterworks Road, Ogden, Newhey, OL16 3TQ.
Phone: 01706 881049.
Summit QuarryAccess: from A6033 Todmorden Road. Parking available behind Summit Inn, OL15 9QX.
Phone: 01706 373421.
Watergrove ReservoirAccess: from Trapp Farm Car Park, Ramsden Road, Wardle, OL12 9EN.
Phone: 01706 379060.