Horwich Heritage Town Centre Trail


1 miles long

Signpost in Horwich #Bolton

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This is a self-guided walk around the historic centre of Horwich. According to the walk guide, the town experienced two significant periods of growth: one in the late 18th century with the expansion of the cotton and bleaching industries, and the other at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with the coming of the railway works.

A map is included with each point of interest numbered to help you learn more about the history and heritage of Horwich. The walk both begins and ends at the Crown Hotel, which is marked as point 1 on the map. Start by walking along Lee Lane, then continue until the junction with Winter Hey Lane. Here turn right, walk down Winter Hey Lane to reach the junction with Chorley New Road, then turn right to return to the starting point.


As the walk is all along town centre streets, we believe that it may be suitable for wheelchair users and those with pushchairs. However, we have not been able to verify conditions on the ground.

How to get there

Note that there are good bus connections to Horwich from both Bolton and Blackrod rail stations.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

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