Tom Wood

Tom Wood is not in Broadbottom but is a great place to visit at any time of year, especially Spring. Sticking to the main paths will give you a good idea of the wood.

It is owned by the Woodland Trust who purchased it with the help of contributions from many local people.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Access is easiest via the grounds of the Catholic church, just over BestHill Bridge(take care with traffic) or, better, go up the first zig-zag on the Transpennine Trail until you can see a rough path that goes down to the church car-park. Follow the path past the left hand side of the church and follow the river until way-marks take you leftwards across open ground, curving rightwards into the wood. Because the wood is so steep much of the two main paths are stepped. There are other, trickier pathways through the wood especially along the river. Much of the ground is difficult and can be very hazardous when wet.

There are many splendid trees: especially of ash, oak, birch and sycamore as well as a number of less common species. Birds appreciate the wood’s  mixture of species and proximity to the river and farmland.

The wood is rich in wildflowers such as bluebells, dog’s mercury, wild garlic, wood anemones, yellow archangel and moschatel (known to children as Town-Hall-Clock)