An ancient woodland in the heart of one of the borough's most picturesque areas can now be enjoyed by more people.

Redisher Wood Local Nature Reserve, is a valley at the bottom of Holcombe Hill and is a popular place with locals as well as wildlife.

Now thanks to funding the woodland has become accessible to more people - and a celebration walk will now take place led by the Bury Ramblers group.

Redisher Woods received funding from Greater Manchester Ramblers, the East Lancs Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) and Bury Council to fix a badly eroded footpath and steps after safety fears were raised.

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The groups teamed up to help fund the necessary repairs to the nature reserve, which is situated to the south of Peel Tower on Holcombe Moor.

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The footpath and steps were repaired in January earlier this year.

The walk will take place on Sunday, 24 September and will be around 10 miles long.

The route will follow the Greater Manchester Ringway from the Bury Lido next to Clarence Park to the bottom of the Redisher Steps and then a small loop to Nuttall Park.

The walk will end at the East Lancashire Railway car park.

The start time will be 10.50am and end will be around 3pm.

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A spokesperson from the East Lancashire LDWA said: “The footpath is used annually by entrants to the East Lancashire LDWA 'Two Crosses’ challenge event, held every March and is a popular route for local walkers.

“The staircase-style path that was created made the often muddy and slippery path much safer for walkers.”

Redisher Woods is one of the best ancient woodland sites in Bury with 14 hectares and home to a number of important bird communities.

In late spring the steep valley sides are carpeted with Bluebells and Lesser Celandine lines the banks of Holcombe Brook as it passes through the middle of the valley.

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The wood has a number of different trails that lead to different areas, with one that will lead you northwest to Simon's Lodge, a picturesque lake which looks particularly lovely surrounded by autumnal trees and another which passes the old Krypton Factor.

Along the way you'll also pass a waterfall that flows impressively after heavy rain.

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