Broadhurst Clough lies at the eastern tip of the Irk Valley Project area and provides an immediate contrast to the formal lines and football pitches of Broadhurst park. The Dean Brook trickles through the lower level of the Clough in a steep-sided woodland ravine. The rest of the site consists of a mosaic of amenity grassland, species-rich rough grassland and marshland.
There are some mature stands of poplar on the site, with younger copses of developing birch and alder woodland which have been planted in partnership with Red Rose Forest. Extensive stands of flag iris can be found in the marshy areas, which provide ideal cover for common frogs and toads, as well as rest stops for dragonflies.
Location and Access
Car Parking and access along St Mary's Road, just after the junction with Joyce Street. There is good wheelchair access at the junction of Joyce Street and St. Mary's Road. Accessible kissing gates can be found at various points along Lightbowne Road.
Catch bus numbers 80 and 88 to Broadhurst Playing fields and walk through to the Clough
Size - 14 hectares
Recreation and Usage
- The site is ideal for walking, jogging and cycling.
- Access paths and seating areas are good and the site can be explored thoroughly in two hours.
- Public events such as nest box building and practical conservation work are run at times during the year. See events for detail.
Walk South from the Clough across Joyce Street to enter the natural greenspace at Lightbowne. Alternatively, walk North to Broadhurst Park and onto Horncastle Road which leads through Shackliffe Green natural greenspace and into Boggart Hole Clough.