Fairy Glen is one of the most picturesque spots in North West England. Located just north of Appley Bridge village and a mile east of Parbold, it’s a fantastic place for exercise, dog walking, and families with children seeking outdoor adventure.
The picturesque broadleaved woodland follows the path of Sprodley Brook for around ¾ mile. A central path follows the floor of the valley and is suitable for most. Delightful wooden bridges cross the water in numerous places. More difficult paths lead to waterfalls and ascend the valley walls.
Wellies are recommended if there’s be recent rainfall.
Fairy Glen is owned and managed by West Lancashire Borough Council.
The site is located just off the A5209, just outside Appley Bridge village and 5 miles north west of Wigan. The entrance to Fairy Glen can be difficult to spot. Theirs is a sign but at the time of our last visit it was pretty much covered over by leaves. Sat nav owners can use the postcode WN6 9EQ to find it.
There’s no car park but there is a lay-by around 100 yards from the gate. Parking is free but spaces are limited. The closest train station is Appley Bridge.