Bailey's Wood is one of Manchester's few remaining semi-natural ancient woodlands. Surrounded by the buildings of the former Booth Hall Children's Hospital, and the neighbouring residential housing estate, the Wood runs through a steep inaccessible ravine, which has allowed it to develop untended for many years. A variety of butterfly species can be seen in spring, and the wood plays host to birds such as greater spotted woodpecker, treecreeper and nuthatch.
Bailey's Wood is a regional site of biological importance, and provides a valuable environmental education resource for local schools.
Location and Access
Via Lander Grove, Blackley. Alternatively, use the car park at Boggart Hole Clough and walk across Charlestown Road, and onto Grange Park Road, where you will find a small access track immediately to the left. This entrance is very close to a bus stop used by the bus number 88.
Not completely wheelchair accessible, the path network is in a fair condition.
Size - 19 hectares approximately
Recreation and Usage
- The site is suitable for informal recreation activities, such as walking, and jogging.
Exit the Grange Park Road access point, cross over Charlestown Road and you are at the entrance to Boggart Hole Clough.