Hope Carr Nature Reserve

Originally a grassy desert, the 37 acre nature reserve has been transformed into a haven for wildlife. Wildflower meadows, wetland and woodland habitats provide variety for a diverse range of species.

Conveniently accessible by public transport, and located off the East Lancs Road, Hope Carr Nature Reserve is easy to get to. The circular path is suitable for both wheelchairs and pushchairs and starts and ends in the car park.

Take a brisk walk around the site, enjoying the different habitats, spending time to identify species along the way, including birds from the well-positioned bird hide.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Hope Carr Nature Reserve, Hope Carr Terrace, Leigh, WN7 3XB.

Tel: 01204 664 301.

  Ring ahead for opening times.   Free parking at Leigh Training Centre, Hope Carr Terrace, Leigh, WN7 3XB.   No. 28 bus from Leigh to Warrington Road, then a 10 minute walk to the nature reserve. 
Walking   Birdwatching   Cycling    
Flat, circular route starting and ending at the car park, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.   Fantastic place for birdwatching, with Sandpipers, Teal, Snipe and Oystercatcher.    Paths suitable for cycling.    


We want to share our beautiful sites with you, and we ask you enjoy them in a manner that allows others to enjoy them after you, this includes:

  • Following the Countryside Code - Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
  • Taking your litter home, or using the available bins.
  • Keeping dogs under control for the safety of livestock and others.
  • Respecting farmers at work on the land by leaving gates as you find them.
  • Sticking to paths when walking, running or cycling. This helps us protect the sensitive ecosystems that form the habitats on our sites.
  • Please help guard against wildfires by not bringing BBQ’s and taking care with disguarded cigarettes.

  • You may also want to read about:

    Reservoir safety

    Blue-green algae

    Giant hogweed

    Recreation permits