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In the 1930's Forest Bank consisted of just two large fields and a small tramway which took goods from the nearby canal to the main road. Water was also channelled from the Irwell at the northern end of the site to the canal on the southern side.

Later, Forest Bank was to become home to the Agecroft Colliery and Powerstation. The Irwell Valley Mining Project website has a wealth of information and links.

After the colliery and powerstation closed, Forest Bank prison was built, with the remaining land transformed in the wonderful woodland that we have today.

As well as some beautiful woodland walks and trails, Forest Bank has an excellent disabled access angling pond. For details about fishing the pond, please contact Salford Friendly Anglers.

Check out the dedicated activities page for lots of other great things to do on your visit.


Parking can be found off Agecroft Road, Pendlebury, Salford M27 8FB by following the signs for Forest Bank Prision.


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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Gradient (easy)
  • Gradient (moderate)
  • Horse riding
  • Litter bin
  • Orienteering
  • Parking
  • Running
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking


OS Grid ref: SD798026
Postcode: TBC

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.