Boggart Hole Clough

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Boggart Hole Clough fishing pond

Boggart Hole Clough is a large urban park in Blackley, a district of Manchester, England. It occupies an area of approximately 76 hectares (190 acres), part of an ancient woodland, with picturesque cloughs varying from steep ravines to sloping gullies. Clough is a local dialect word for a steep sided, wooded valley. Boggart Hole Clough was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2008.[1][2]

The park stages a number of cross-country events and mountain bike rides, along with summer fundays and an annual bonfire and firework display. It also provides facilities for a number of other activities, ranging from boating to athletics.

It has been claimed that the clough is haunted by a boggart, a mischievous spirit found mainly in Lancashire and Yorkshire, perhaps in an attempt to explain the unusual name.[3][4] In 2008, Boggart Hole Clough attained the Green Flag Award for the eighth year running.[5]


  1. ^ "Boggart Hole Clough, Charlestown". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 
  2. ^ "Map of Boggart Hole Clough". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 
  3. ^ "Greater Manchester's Mysterious Sites". Mysterious Britain Gazetteer. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  4. ^ "The Tale of the Green Boggart of Boggart Hole Clough". Boggart Hole Clough Brewery. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  5. ^ "About Boggart Hole Clough". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 

Coordinates: 53°31′16″N 2°12′16″W / 53.52111°N 2.20444°W / 53.52111; -2.20444