Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The (Secret) Pocket Forest

Map showing the Pocket Forest (green circle).

The Pocket Forest is a small woodland formed by being cornered between the M6 and the River Tame. The area was initially formed in the 1940s when the river was straightened, and the old meanders filled in. It is on top of these lost meanders that the Pocket Forest sits today.

See the 1940s and 1950s maps below.

Area in the 1940s, shortly before the river was straightened.
Area in the 1950s, after the straightening of the river.

Before the construction of the M6 in the 1960s, the area was still a little enclosed, being positioned between the river and the Tame Valley Canal, but the building of the motorway made the area impractical for anything other that quiet abandonment.

There is a single entry-point at the end of Tameside Drive, in the centre of the Holford industrial estate. Inside are rabbits and solitude.....apart from the occasional local dog-walker.




The River Tame (upstream), looking towards the M6,
with the Pocket Forest on the right. Taken from
Gavin Way Bridge.

Follow the river towards the M6 here.

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