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Lady Mabel's Wood

Planted in 1995 as part of Greater Manchester's Red Rose Community Forest, Lady Mabel’s Wood complements mature woodland in neighbouring Haigh Hall Country Park. In addition to the mix of native broadleaf trees, the site also contains hedges, shrubs and a wildflower meadow which add to the mosaic of wildlife habitats in the area.

Though still a relatively young woodland, Lady Mabel’s Wood has developed into a wonderful place to visit with a great mix of broadleaf trees, hedgerows, woody shrubs and a wildflower meadow which together attract a wide range of wildlife.

Created in 1995 as part of Greater Manchester’s Red Rose Community Forest, the wood is enhanced by its position next to the Haigh Hall Country Park and golf course and the Leeds Liverpool canal along its eastern boundary, providing diverse and complementary habitats of differing ages and features.

The site was originally bare land used for open cast mining but was re-named Lady Mabel’s Wood in 1998 after consultation with local people to mark the area’s history. Lady Mabel was a 14th century noblewoman who walked barefoot from Haigh Hall to a cross in Wigan as penance for taking a second husband after mistakenly believing her first had died in action.

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting (Photo: D Johnson/WTML)

Birds you may spot here include kestrel, reed bunting, green woodpecker and mistle thrush. During the spring and summer months also look out for butterflies such as the large and small skipper, peacock and speckled wood.

Lady Mabel’s Wood together with the surrounding area offers a great day out for the whole family with plenty to see and do and lots of amenities close by for refreshments. 


Lady Mabel's Wood is located on the outskirts of Wigan, approximately five kilometres (three miles) from the centre, close to the A49 Wigan Road. It is bordered by Wigan Lane and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and adjoins Haigh Hall Country Park and golf course to the east, mature woodland to the south and pasture to the north and west. It is also close to the Whelley Hospital and has open views to Haigh Hall.

OS Explorer 276, Landranger 108, SD590080.


There are formal and informal paths within the wood, providing both circular and through walks which link to the country park and canal towpath as well as other local woods.


By bus 

The nearest bus stop is located at St David’s Crescent which is 4.8 kilometres/3 miles from the wood.

By train 

The nearest train stations are Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North West, just over 5 kilometres/3 miles from the wood.

For further information on public transport contact Traveline or call 0871 200 2233.

By car

Lady Mabel’s Wood is located close to the A49 (Wigan Road), approximately 5km (3 miles) from the centre of Wigan and adjacent to the Haigh Hall Country Park.

From Wigan take the A49 northbound and continue for just over 3km (approx.2 miles). Drive past the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary on your left then turn right onto Leyland Mill Lane. When you reach a mini roundabout carry straight on and join Hall Lane, following signs for Haigh Hall Country Park. After around 0.8km (0.5 mile) you will see Lady Mabel’s Wood to your left.

The wood has four pedestrian entrances, two on the site’s southern boundary bordering Hall Lane and two on the eastern boundary bordering the towpath adjacent to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Parking is available in lay-bys on Hall Lane to the south but may be limited.

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