Sunnyhurst Wood

Service information

Sunnyhurst wood
  • Sunnyhurst Wood is beautiful 85 acre wooded valley and is a beautiful location for family walks and picnics.
  • Sunnyhurst Wood won the prestigious Green Flag Award status in 2005 and has retained it since.
  • The wood was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2005.
  • Sunnyhurst Wood was designated a Biological Heritage Site in 1993 by Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • A wealth of wildlife, both woodland birds and plant life can be found in the wood. Some 702 species of plant, bird, invertebrate and mammal have been recorded or observed in the wood.
  • Water is a special feature of Sunnyhurst: heron and kingfisher can often be seen at Dingle Lodges and the Moat.
  • The community is very much involved in the wood through the active 'Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood' group. For more information contact 01254 701545
  • Download  a brief history of Sunnyhurst or download a  more detailed survey of the historic features.

How to find the wood






Directions from the nearest town

  • 1 mile from junction 4, M65, head towards Darwen on A666
  • 1 mile from Darwen town centre, head towards Blackburn on A666.

Turn up Earnsdale Road from A666 following the brown tourist signs, the wood is to the right.

Public transport information

Parking facilities

For disabled visitors

  • Please note the car parking facilities within the wood are for disabled visitors only.
  • Alternatively there is a level access entrance off Earnsdale Road directly opposite Salisbury Road, this route leads along a level track to the Kiosk.

Other visitors

There is a choice of off-site car parking:

  • on Earnsdale Road and walk down on of the several paths to the right into the wood
  • follow the brown tourist signs all the way up Earnsdale Road to the car park just beyond the Sunnyhurst pub and Lychgate Hotel - this car park is ideal for walks up to the moors and the tower

Grid Reference: SD 678 230

Contact details

Mail Amenities division, Environmental Services, Davyfield Road, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 585921
Fax Number(s) 01254 585083
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