Healey Dell is a beauty spot and wildlife sanctuary rich in industrial archaeology, 2 miles from Rochdale town centre on the way to Whitworth and Bacup. The River Spodden has carved its way through the woodlands down thousands of years, creating delightful scenery and spectacular waterfalls which once powered ancient corn, wool and cotton mills
PARKING-Healey Corner, Off Whitworth Road, Rochdale, OL12 6BG
MILES- 3-4 miles approx.
FACILITIES- Cafe and toilets at the start
TERRAIN-wheel chair/Buggy friendly routes
We found this walk when searching for Wheel chair friendly routes as Reo had broke his foot and couldnt walk far.
We spoke with the staff at the Heritage centre who gave us a key for the gates to open for getting the wheel chair throuh. They also advised parking at the top of the hill where there is room for a couple of cars as the path for wheel chairs runs form here.
The path is a disused 1800s railway line with a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct. It is flat with options to a little off trail with a suitable terrain pram of wheel chair.
There is also a longer walk exploring waterfalls and old ruins but these are not wheel chair friendly.
The heritage centre is fantastic with friendly staff.