Fairy Glen is in Appley Bridge in Wigan, about thirty minutes from where we live and a biological heritage site. It is technically a valley which has been cut down by a brook that weaves through the land and has created a secluded place to venture into.
We parked across the road from the entrance to the glen, which is on a very busy and fast road so do take care when you are crossing. Once you are inside though, it's like the rest of the world disappears. I felt like we could have been in the Lakes or Dales, not a few miles from our front door.
Jack was in his absolute element, especially next to the brook and we did have to keep telling him not to get quite so close. He spent most of the trip collecting sticks to throw into the water and watching excitedly how far they would travel. Holly meanwhile, meandered around, sometimes collecting sticks, sometimes laughing with daddy and sometimes just quietly taking it all in.