Healey Nab

Healey Nab or “The Nab” is an area of countryside owned by Lancashire County Council containing rolling hills, moorland, woodland, ponds and streams to the east of Chorley, Lancashire between the M61 and the West Pennine Moors. To the south east is Anglezarke Reservoir and to the north east White Coppice.

The name “Healey Nab” is derived from heagh (high) and ley (woodland). “Nab” is believed to derive from the Middle-English wordnabb meaning a promontory or headland.

The area is popular with walkers and a network of hiking trails criss-cross the area. The Healey Nab area has two small man-made lakes, “Bottom Lodge” and “Top Lodge”, a private fishing lake. The summit is Grey Heights, and near to it is a disused quarry known as “Devil’s Rock”. Grey Heights and its cairn at 682 feet form the highest point and from there are views over Chorley and it is possible to see the skyline of Preston, Fiddlers Ferry power station in Merseyside, the silhouette of Blackpool Tower and the Irish Sea. From Chorley, “The Nab” dominates the landscape and is the first significant height gain in the transition from a heavily populated area to the moorland of the West Pennine Moors.

A mountain bike trail has been waymarked around Devil’s Rock with trails winding through the woods from the summit to the lower slopes. There is also a bridleway.