Borsdane Wood is a fantastic nature reserve in the Hindley area of Wigan. A wooded area of broadleaf trees follows the course of Borsdane Brook for around 1½ miles. A well-maintained path runs alongside the water and is very popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The site is dog-friendly.
The wood is thought to date back to the beginning of the 17th century. Trees here are broadleaf species such as oak and ash. The reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife including deer, butterflies, woodpeckers, and kingfishers. Trout can be spotted in the deeper waters of the stream.
Borsdane Wood was once part of the Hindley Hall estate. In 1974 ownership passed to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. It 1986 it was established as Wigan’s first nature reserve.
The wood is located in Hindley, on the border of Wigan and Bolton. The main access point is via a tunnel under the Manchester to Southport Line. There is limited car parking on Hindley Mill Lane, near the tunnel entrance. Use the postcode WN2 4BT to find it.
The closest train station is Hindley, less than ½ mile from the entrance.