Peel Tower, Holcombe Moor and Ramsbottom


6 miles long

Peel Tower, Holcombe Hill #Bury

Peel Tower on Holcombe Moor cc-by-sa/2.0 - © John H Darch -

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This (sometimes strenuous) circular walk gives you everything: spectacular views, woodland, riverside rambling and heritage.

Have a rest when you reach Peel Tower to catch your breath and admire views across Greater Manchester and the North West. Peel Tower is a monument to Sir Robert Peel, born in Bury, who as Home Secretary was responsible for founding the modern police force and as prime minister repealed the Corn Laws. William Grant was chairman of the appeal committee which erected the Tower and arranged for it to be constructed on a line from his front door beyond the steeple of St Andrew’s Church in Ramsbottom.

Please note that this walk crosses farmland and so please protect livestock by keeping to the footpath and ensuring that all dogs are kept under control. We recommend that you use Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 287, West Pennine Moors or the OS Maps app.


Because of the varied terrain and gradients involved, this route is not rated as suitable for wheelchair and pushchair-users.

How to get there

Ramsbottom is served by regular buses direct from Bury, with its frequent Metrolink services. There is also a station on the scenic East Lancashire Railway line from Bury and Heywood (not part of the TfGM network).

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 on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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