Eastwood Nature Reserve

Eastwood Nature Reserve

autumn leaves

Rachel Bradshaw

autumn leaves

Rachel Bradshaw

A stunning clough woodland with boardwalks and a tumbling brook


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A static map of Eastwood Nature reserve

Know before you go

5 hectares

Entry fee


Walking trails

Trails, boardwalks, steps and bridges pass through much of the reserve


Sorry, this reserve is not suitable for those with limited mobility


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Eastwood is a hidden gem of a woodland, nestling in a stunning clough valley just a stone's throw from Stalybridge town. The reserve was gifted to the RSPB by a private family (the Cheethams) in 1931 and became the first RSPB reserve, with the charity then leasing it on to Cheshire Wildlife Trust. During 2012, an extensive renovation supported by a Biffa Award grant project took place, introducing a series of new pathways, boardwalks, bridges, steps and wildlife information boards - improving overall access to the best parts of the reserve. Highlights include a blanket of bluebells in the spring as well as wood sorrel and wild angelica. Woodland birds are here in good numbers, especially those who thrive on the deadwood habitats here like treecreeper, nuthatch and woodpeckers. Warblers arrive in spring, along with summer butterflies and dragonflies, whilst the tumbling brook and pool at the heart of the reserve welcome dippers and occasional kingfishers in winter. A great place to get away from it all!

The reserve adjoins Cheetam park with a play ground and other attractions.

Contact us

Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01948 820728
Contact email: info@cheshirewt.org.uk

In these challenging times our work will still continue to defend local wildlife

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