Birkacre Road, Chorley
Chorley's increasingly popular Yarrow Valley Country Park is a 700-acre facility, run by us, including a visitor centre built using Heritage Lottery funds. Yarrow Valley Country Park has been awarded Green Flag status for the fifth year in a row! Have a look for yourself and see why the park is so popular on the Yarrow Valley/Flickr image gallery where you can upload your own photos.
Yarrow Valley Play Area
Since July 2011 Yarrow Valley Country Park has been home to “Yarrow Rocks” a radical new play space in which young people are encouraged to challenge themselves and take calculated risks. Features within this fabulous facility include;
• Giant Rope Swing
• Natural Climbing Wall
• Rock Stacks
• Story Tellers Throne
• Embankment Slide
While we encourage all the family to play together we ask that parents and carers take particular care to watch toddlers as there are a number of attractions designed with older users in mind. In this area dogs must be on a lead at all times and kept on the main path, away from the play space.
Treeface Café & Yarrow Valley Visitor Centre
The Yarrow Valley Visitor Centre has recently been refurbished and the Treeface Café is now open.
The Treeface Café serves drinks, cakes, ice creams and hot and cold food and can be contacted on 01257 515151. Please use the number given below if you wish to contact the Ranger Service.
Toilet facilities including baby changing and accessible facilities are available to all park users.
The Treeface Café, Visitor Centre and toilet facilities are open from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily. These times are extended in the summer months and when events are taking place.
Free parking is available at the visitor centre.
The role of the Ranger Service is to patrol the parks - including Yarrow Valley, give advice and information to visitors, run events and activities, coordinate and carry out conservation tasks and management works in our parks and open spaces.
Working Hours: 8.30am - 4pm (October - March) 8am - 4pm (April - September) 7 days a week.
The Ranger Service is based at the visitor centre. The visitor centre telephone line has an answer phone facility and messages are checked daily. Telephone: 01257 515151 (Visitor Centre - please note that this is a separate line to the Treeface Café) or contact us. The ranger service does not provide an emergency response. In an emergency situation please contact the police, fire or ambulance service.
We are always on the look out for volunteers to help with conservation duties, in the visitor centre, children’s activities and leading health walks. Volunteers should be over 16. Contact us for more information.
Yarrow Valley Advisory Group
Yarrow Valley Advisory Group meets quarterly and membership consists of all groups and organisations with an interest and role to play with the management of the park.
Groups represented are:
Lower Burgh Meadow Conservation Group
|Butterfly Conservation Society
||Charnock Richard Parish Coucil|
|Chorley & South Ribble Disability Forum
||Chorley & District Natural History Society|
|Chorley Community Safety Partnership
|Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society
||Chorley Older People's Forum|
|Coppull Parish Council
||Euxton Canoe Club|
|Euxton Parish Council
||Find Your Feet Walkers|
|Friends of River Yarrow
||Groundwork Wigan & West|
|Lancashire Moth Group
||Lancashire Wildlife Trust|
|LCC Countryside Service
||LCC Projects Team|
|Lower Burgh Meadows Conservation Group
||Model Aircraft Society|
||River Douglas Catchment Partnership|
|Wigan & District AA
||Yarrow Valley Minnows Angling Club|
The Group was formally established in March 2010 with the aim of maintaining and developing Lower Burgh Meadows and the woodland to its edge. They have a programme of regular work days, hold group meetings and fund raising events and social activities.
Group membership is increasing and you are welcome to join the group. For more information please visit their website
.Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society
The first mention of Chorley Historical Society was an article in the Chorley Guardian on February 2 1924 "A lantern lecture, arranged by Chorley Historical Society took place in St Georges Street school, when Mr. Donald Atkinson B.A. from Manchester University spoke on the civilisation of Roman Britain."
Then in September 1954 the Society was resurrected and reformed and has grown from strength to strength over the past 60 years. For more information on the Chorley Historical Society, it's history and activities please visit their website.