Healey Dell Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Healey Corner, Off Whitworth Road, Healey, Rochdale, Greater Manchester, OL12 6BG
Aqueduct in a wooded clearing.

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Healey Dell is a beauty spot and nature reserve 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. 

A disused 1800s railway line is now a nature trail with magnificent views from a 100-foot high viaduct.

The Healey Dell Heritage Centre now offers visitors a unique experience with its recently opened Victorian themed tea rooms with English cream teas served in vintage bone-china. The centre offers a permanent exhibition featuring a pictorial history of the Dell. There is a Fairy Grotto where children can meet the Healey Dell Fairy Godmother and so much more. 

Car parking is available at Broadley Wood Lodge, off Station Road and at the Heritage Centre. 

The tea rooms are open Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm.



  • On-Site café or restaurant


  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Free Admission

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Signposted from A671 Rochdale-Bacup Road and from B6377 opposite Healey Hotel. Car Parking at Broadley Wood Lodge, off Station Road and at the Ranger Office, Healey Hall Mills, Dell Road, Shawclough, Rochdale.

Public Transport Directions

Buses 446, 464, and 466 from Rochdale Bus Station. Nearest railway station is Rochdale.

Opening times

Open Christmas
Open New Year

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