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Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Station Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL12 6BG

Tel: 01706 350 459

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Healey Dell - Chapel
Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology.

The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands through thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills.

A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100ft high viaduct.

Until the great flood of 1839 the Fairies Chapel was hidden behind a ledge of rocks, at the base of which lay a natural excavation formed by the water. This had a pulpit, reading desk, and seats. Like other spots of the same secluded character in Lancashire, it has "legendary lore".

Key features of the Dell include the Broadley Wood Mill, Fairies Chapel, Lodges and Waterways, Railways and Viaduct, Stone Rubbing Mill, Th’Owd Mill l’th Thrutch, and the Twin Bridges.

Healey Dell also provides a cycle route along the disused railway line through the centre of the Nature Reserve. This route is part of the National Cycle Network, Regional Network Route 92, which joins the National Route 66.

The footpaths and bridleways of the Nature Reserve are also part of the Rochdale Way, and the Pennine Bridleway passes the northern end.

Healey Dell also features a lovely café where you can grab a bite to eat and drink and take in the beautiful scenery.

Book Tickets


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2024)


  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • National AwardsCycle Lancashire Cycle Lancashire 2014


Road Directions

From M65: Exit junction 9 and take the A679 to Burnley(W)/Halifax. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto A679 heading to Halifax/A646. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto Accrington Road/A679. Turn right at Rossendale Road/A646 and continue on A646. Turn left at Todmorden Road/A646. Turn right at Burnley road/A646. Take slight right at Bacup Road/A671 and continue on A671. Turn left at Yorkshire Street/A671 and continue on A671. Turn right at Station Road and Healey Dell is signposted.

From M62: Exit junction 20 and take the A627(M) to Rochdale/Oldham. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto A627(M) heading to Rochdale. Turn left at Edinburgh Way/A664 (signs for Rochdale/A58). At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Manchester Road/A58 and continue on A58. Turn left to stay on A58. Continue onto Whitworth Road/A671 and continue on A671. Turn left at Station Road and Healey Dell is signposted.

Signposted from A671 Rochdale-Bacup Road and from B6377 opposite Healey Hotel. Car Parking at Broadley Wood Lodge, off Station Road and at the Ranger Office, Healey Hall Mills, Dell Road, Shawclough, Rochdale.

Public Transport Directions

For public transport information out of normal office hours contact:
Travel Line: 0871 200 2233 (for bus services around the Lancashire area)
National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50


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