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Livia, Sherwood PinesThere are a whole host of different activities for you to discover in the forest. From peaceful woodland walks to drone racing with your friends.


The forest has a plethora of different walking routes from a short potter to full day mission.

Planning your walk

The excellent open street map will allow you to plan a bespoke route.

Waymarked trails

We are lucky to have some wonderful waymarked routes steeped in industrial heritage and wildlife around every corner.  Why not try one of these?

The Salford Trail, The Kingfisher Trail, The Rotary Way or the Irwell Sculpture Trail.


The forest has a great network of safe, off road and traffic free paths in some stunning surroundings, as well as a busy and vibrant running community.

If you’re looking for nature and green space, want to walk the dog, enter a race or join in with a local group, there’s something for everyone.


As well as a host of local running club events, Crazy Legs organise an annual 20 mile trail run around the forest.

If you’re looking for something a bit shorter Art on the Run have just hosted a 5km family art themed fancy dress run.


UK athletics can point you in the right direction of the closest running club to you.


Check out our dedicated cycling page.


Waterdale and Philips Park have thier very own permentant orienteering course. A great very to explore the forest and have some fun.

South East Lancashire Orienteering Club are the nearest club to the forest.

Maps for the orienteering course can be downloaded from the Greater Manchester Orienteering Activities


There is a host of different options for you, when it comes to fishing in the forest.

Accessible Fishing

Forest Bank and Queensmere Dam both have some accessible fishing pegs.

For Forest Bank please contact Salford Friendly Anglers.

For Queensmere Dam please contact Swinton and Pendlebury Anglers.

Waters & fishing rights in the forest.

The River Irwell between Agecroft and the M60, Drinkwater Park, Dams Head Lodge, Secret Lake, Stock Pond, Kingfisher Lake, are managed through Salford Friendly Anglers.

Drone Racing

Adding to the diverse range of activities in the forest, Drinkwater Park Raceway hosts monthly race meets.

Horse Riding

The Lancashire branch of Endurance GB hold regular rides in the area and through the forest.

Free Running

Evolve Manchester help organise an annual free running event annually at Silverdale.

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Last updated: 10th July 2018

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