Copper Lane, Stand, Whitefield, Bury. M45 7TQ
Hurst Wood is set in a beautiful undulating landscape with a mixture of established older woodland, areas of new planting, and open areas peppered with wildflowers. Set adjacent to the Irwell Valley, Hurst Wood has great views across to Manchester and Winter Hill. Near the entrance to the site there is an art feature of a stone sheep fold. The walking paths are clear and well kept, and there are plenty of picnic benches if you want to stop and have a rest. This site is popular with dog walkers and cyclists. There is plenty of wildlife in Hurst Wood, including deer, rabbits, birds and butterflies. If you are travelling by car, park on Old Hall Lane, and walk down the track to Hurst Wood. The dedicate a tree planting areas are the young saplings rather than the older trees.
Hurst Wood links in to the Outwood trail - a 4 km route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders along a former railway line between Prestwich and Radcliffe, passing attractive, ancient clough woodlands.
Hurst Wood links in to the Irwell Sculpture Trail, which follows an existing 30-mile footpath up the Irwell Valley Way stretching from Salford Quays through Bury into Rossendale and up to the Pennine Moors. The sculpture trail is the largest public art scheme in the North West and includes the work of more than 50 artists.
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