Irwell Sculpture Trail
Ramsbottom lies right in the middle of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. The trail is the largest public art scheme in England with 70 pieces art pieces that follows an established 30 mile footpath from Salford Quays and finishes just above Bacup. From the Old Mill Hotel head south and follow the trail.
The North Trail is an 8.4 mile route from Ramsbottom, through to Irwell Vale, Rawtenstall, Stacksteads and Bacup.
The South Trail totals 14.2 miles as you walk from Ramsbottom to Burrs Country Park and then on to Bury, Close Park, Radcliffe, Whitefield, Outwood Country Park, Clifton Country Park, Chapel Street, Ordsall Hall (Salford) and finally to Salford Quays.
In Ramsbottom artwork pieces include ‘Tilted Vase’ located in the town centre and ‘The River’, an 88m stainless steel path inscribed with poems.
Sitting proudly on Holcombe Hill Peel Tower is a monument named after Bury’s most famous son – former Prime Minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police founder Sir Robert Peel. Starting at the Old Mill climb Holcombe Hill to reach Peel Tower. The walk offers a 3 mile round trip and once at the tower, provides stunning views across the Irwell Valley to Manchester!
Burrs Country Park
The park is a beautiful place to visit the ideal spot for riverside walks, fishing or nature watching. For the more adventurous outdoor activities including kayaking, climbing and raft building are all available at Burrs Activity Centre (pre-booking usually required).
Views of the well know East Lancs Railway steam trains are easy to come by from this spot.
Lots to do with playgrounds, Tennis courts, and bowling greens. A stunning location to visit with regular annual events and a Tea Room.
Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary
Bleakholt is one of the largest sanctuaries on the UK – Home to over 450 animals. Established by a local woman from Ramsbottom. Time your visit with one of their family fundays, or pop into the shop and café during your family friendly visit.
Dating as far back as Pre-Christian times. Turton Tower offers a wonderful family friendly day out. Facilities onsite include Gift shop, Victorian tea café, and a children’s outdoor play area.
Turton and Entwistle Reservoir
A well know local trail around 2 reservoirs next to the village of Edgeworth.
Standing at 340 Meters, this flat topped hill is recommended to walkers visiting the area. Referred to as “The Tor” by locals it provides stunning must see views on a clear day.
An easy flat and circular walk of up to about 1 hr. Not far from Entwistle and Turton Reservoirs.
Calf Hey Reservoir
A 3.5km circular walk. Based near the green town of Haslindgen. Popular for Hikers and trail runners.
Hail Storm Hill
Located at the highest point in Rossendale, and also known as Cowpe Moss. This climb takes around 2 hours, and stands around 600m high.