Just 6 miles north of Manchester, nestled between MiddletonTown Centre and the residential areas of Alkrington, Higher Blackley and Rhodes, this picturesque local nature reserve offers over 120 Acres of mature woodland, meadows, rivers and fishing lodges.
Alkrington Hall is an early 18th century listed private residence sat high on the eastern border of the reserve. It proudly overlooks the reclaimed post industrial River Irk valley and is shouldered by two mature woodlands. The reserve has a 3.5 mile long perimeter, 25 entrances, three public footpaths and miles of internal paths criss-crossing the varied natural habitats.
The River Irk flows along the lower reaches of the reserve and is fed by Wince Brook near Middleton centre and Boardman Brook at the border with Blackley. These waterways are joined by 5 fishing lodges and a Lake in Rhodes which are well populated with Swans, Geese and Ducks. Kingfishers and Cormorants are occasionally seen fishing the River whilst the woodlands are home to a wide variety of bird life.
Alkrington Woods was declared a Local Nature Reserve by Rochdale Borough Council in 1987. It is well maintained by a Ranger and Green Volunteers. The Friends of Alkrington Woods was formed in 1997 and work with the council to ensure it remains an attractive place to visit.
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