Sunday, 11 March 2018
Start time: 11:00
Leisurely 7 miles / 11.3 km
This walk starts from Ramsbottom Railway Station Grid reference SD793167.
Limited free parking is available alongside the railway station and there are quite a few free parking areas in Ramsbottom.
Distance 6 miles
Terrain includes woodland, riverside, farmland, open moorland and heritage sites. Is mostly frozen with small sections of deep drifted snow at the moment but will be muddy if thaws and rains before Sunday.
From the railway station we go through Ramsbottom up to St Andrews Church and the old school house. Crossing the main road we start our long steady ascent to Peel Monument, passing the Grade 2 listed Shoulder of Mutton pub on route, a venue for cock fighting until 1849. We will have a coffee break at the monument then make our way over the flat top of Holcombe Moor to the Pilgrims Cross which marks the site of the original stones where pilgrims stopped to rest and pray on their way from Manchester to Whalley Abbey. We then begin our descent and stop for lunch at Buckden Wood. Eventually we join the banks of the river Irwell passing by the site of Aiken mill where 6 Ludite protesters were killed in the Chatterton riots of 1826. We then make our way back into Ramsbottom and if lucky we may see a steam engine at the station. We will call in at the Railway Pub for after walk refreshments.
Grid reference: SD793167
Nearest postcode: BL0 9AL
Start time: 11:00
This is a circular walk
We provide walks of varying grades on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. We walk locally, in the Peak District, the South Pennines and, on occasion, the Lake District and North Wales.
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