New Info Boards for Trail

To clearly show the new routes of the step-free paths that have been added to the Astley Park Trail the two information boards in the Park have been updated. The boards are handily placed for Park visitors. One is located just inside the main gates off Park Road and the other is opposite the front of the Hall close to the main path.

Bat Walks Return

The First Bat Walk and Talk of the year will be on Saturday 27th May 2023 starting at 8.45

Meet outside the front door of Astley Hall.

A short talk by Harold Green of Merseyside & West Lancs Bat Group will be followed by a guided walk to see and hear the bats. The  walk will finish around 10.15pm. 

There will be a charge of £2.00 for Adults.  U/16 free. Payment on the night. Booking is essential, as numbers will be limited, please ring Maurice on 01257 271507 or contact via email at

Please bring a torch and wear strong shoes. if you have a bat detector, please bring it.

If it is raining, the event will be cancelled, as the bats will not be flying

Grappling with the Green Pond

Friends’ volunteers have been doing further clearing of the duckweed covered pond behind the Lost Fountain using a variety of implements, including a grappling hook. The work is part of on-going efforts to improve the pond and its immediate vicinity.

Snowdrop Trail in Full Bloom

Thanks partly to recent leaf and bramble clearance work done by Friends’ volunteers, the flowers on the Snowdrop Trail are now on full show. The circular waymarked Trail can easily be walked starting from opposite the front of Astley Hall and either by going down the Dam Wall Steps or along the woodland edged lawn opposite the bowling greens. The Trail continues from the Lost Fountain eastwards along the southern bank of the River Chor to the bottom of the Steps.

Astley Trail Improvements Open for Use!

The new path creation and surfacing works have been completed by the contractor commissioned by the Friends’. Meaning they are available for Park users to walk along. All that remains are some additional waymarking posts that will be installed by our volunteers in the New Year.

The new path around Dog Trap Wood

Mayor joins in with Firm’s Giving Back Day

Engineering and construction firm J. Murphy & Sons Limited recently provided 80 trees and shrubs plus the personnel to help Friends of Astley Park volunteers plant them in various locations across the town’s premier park. The Murphy team, who are currently doing rail infrastructure projects in the Chorley area, gave their time as part of the company’s ‘Giving Back Days’ scheme, which gives employees paid time off to support their local communities across the country. On this occasion, alongside the shrubs and volunteered time, the Murphy team also donated £500 worth of groceries to the Living Waters food bank and provided the opportunity for Buckshaw and St Laurence’s primary school pupils to do litter picking in the Park.

The tree and shrub planting was overseen by Chorley Council staff and the Friends. The day was topped off by the Mayor, Cllr Julia Berry, providing the finishing touches to the task.

Murphy’s have also made a commitment to carry out major works next Spring to bring the River Chor Reed Bed back to its original function by removing large amounts of silt so as to reinstate the water flow around both sides. 

Steve, our Chair, speaks to camera about the Astley Trail

Friends Chair, Stephen Rhodes (pictured), has been interviewed by Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) staff about the Astley Trail for a video being made for the LEFs Annual Event to be held later this year.

The Fund is a partnership of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures which local distributes monies from the national Landfill Committees Fund. Such funding, along with monies from Chorley Council helped py the contractor’s costs and associated expenses incurred in 2020 in creating the Astley trail, the 2 mile long waymarked path around the key features of the Park.

Now further works are imminent to improve the Trail for wheelchair and pushchair users as well as benefitting people with impaired mobility. Again, it is a project to be LEF and Chorley Council funded, with also a contribution from Astley Village Parish Council, involving two new lengths of path that will bypass stretches which have steps and upgrading the path from Elmwood into the Park.