Byrom Hall Wood is a tranquil but popular area of community woodland, managed by the Forestry Commission.
Traffic free, it is enjoyed by families, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders and joggers whatever the weather. The surfaced paths around the site make it an easy place to navigate on foot.
Wildflowers including orchids make a colourful display in spring and summer whilst birds can be seen throughout the year. Winter thrushes such as Fieldfare and Redwings can be seen feeding on berries replacing the summer warblers such as willow and grasshopper warbler. Other wildlife have been seen in this area, most recently the roe deer.
Buzzards have been seen in the area and the developing habitat here encourages a wide range of nesting birds, including woodcock and grey partridge, also an abundance of brightly coloured insects. Newly sown wildflower meadows full of ragged robin, vetches and oxeye daisy provide food and shelter for the resident wildlife.
Until recently Byrom Hall Wood was mixed farmland. Woodland creation, open wildflower meadows and a circular trail are helping to transform the area. There are footpaths and conveniently located benches to admire the views and take in the wildlife that the wood offers.
Byrom Hall Wood is close to Pennington Flash Country Park and nearby is Wigan Flashes Nature Reserve.
Access is available from the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath and the surrounding Public Rights of Way network. The nearest car parks are at Dover Lock and Plank Lane (adjacent the swing bridge).
- Footpaths and nature walks
- Dog walking
- Horse riding