Ramsbottom, Summerseat and Holcombe


5.5 miles long

Waterfall near Summerseat #Bury

After a heavy shower... cc-by-sa/2.0 - © John H Darch - – cropped from original

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In some ways a historic trail around Ramsbottom, this circular walk reveals the rich character and close relationship between landscape and community. The walk can be combined with a trip on the restored East Lancashire Steam Railway.

Most of Ramsbottom Town Centre was built in the 1840s by local factory owners, the Grant Brothers, immortalised as the Cheeryble Brothers in Charles Dickens’ ‘Nicholas Nickleby’. The Grant Arms Hotel in Market Place was home to the Grants from 1806 and the clock on the front bears their initials.

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 walk 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 the train icon.

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

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