Moderate, Challenging

Village Link Walks 1 & 2 – Hawkshaw to Holcombe (or reverse)


4 miles long

Holcombe Village #Bury

Holcombe Village cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Paul Anderson - – cropped from original

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The Village Link is a unique trail of just under 18 miles around and between six of Bury’s most historic villages. The trail consists of several quite distinct separate sections, each varying in length and scenery, and between 2 to 5 miles long. The trail is ideal for everyone from the seasoned walker to the weekend strollers.

This section links the villages of Hawkshaw and Holcombe. There is a challenging alternative described that also includes the ascent of Holcombe Hill to the famous Peel Monument.

A map and directions are also provided for the reverse version of the route.

All the routes are 100% waymarked to avoid any confusion – look out for the green and white discs marked ‘Village Link’ and you won’t go far wrong.


Although individual sections will include level and well-surfaced accessible sections, there is also a wide variety of terrain on the various parts of the Village Link. For this reason, we are not currently rating these walks as suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users.

How to get there

To work out how to get to and from the walk start and end points, simply click the Google Maps links shown 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 postcodes shown into the TFGM journey planner at

Remember to reverse the walk start and end points if you are completing the route in reverse.

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