Fairy Glen

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.

Video of a walk through Fairy Glen
Sprodley Brook, Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge, Wigan
Sprodley Brook, Fairy Glen

Wellies are recommended if there’s be recent rainfall.

Waterfall at Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge, Wigan

Fairy Glen is owned and managed by West Lancashire Borough Council.

Footbridge at Fairy Glen, Wigan

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.

Entrance to Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge
Sign at entrance to Fairy Glen

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.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Fairy Glen include:

  • Britannia Hotel Wigan (2.1 miles)


Map showing location of Fairy Glen.

Map showing location of Fairy Glen


Fairy Glen

Hall Lane
Appley Bridge
United Kingdom

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