Burrs Country Park
This walk takes you around the pretty Burrs Country Park, situated on the River Irwell just north of Bury. Habitats in the park include woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. You can follow a circular walking trail along the river before heading through Walmersley on the other side of the park. It's about a 2 mile walk so should take under an hour.
There's good facilites too with a car park, a visitor centre and a cafe.
The Irwell Sculpture Trail runs through the park so you could continue your walk along the River Irwell. If you head north you will soon come into Ramsbottom where you can enjoy a climb to Peel Tower on Holcombe Moor. On the way you'll also pass the attractive Summerseat where there's an impressive six arched viaduct, historic old mills and a heritage railway station on the East Lancs railway.
Heading south will take you along the river into Bury.
PostcodeBL8 1DA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Burrs Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Burrs Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Burrs Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burrs Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Brown Cow pub is conveniently located within the park. They do good food and have an outdoor seating area with views of the park.
The Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom is another pub worthy of some investigation. It was named Great British Pub Awards ‘Pub of the Year’ in September 2017 and has a whole host of other awards to its name. It's a pub with a social conscience targeting young people who are marginalised and need extra help such as young offenders and disabled young people. They're rated as one of the best food pubs in Greater Manchester, having consistently featured in all the main national newspapers ‘Top 50 Sunday Lunch’ features. One of the main attractions is a stunning Orangery dining room, with fine views across the Irwell valley to Holcombe. The expansive garden area includes an outdoor kitchen and bar, polytunnel, veg beds, compost beds, fruit shrubs and ornamental beds and a mini orchard with chickens. It's a lovely setting and the ideal place to round off your walk. You can find the pub in the town on Whalley Rd with a postcode of BL0 0DL for your sat navs.
The park is a popular place for dog walkers so you'll probably see plenty of other pets with their owners on your visit. The Brown Cow pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south along the river from the park and you can enjoy more waterside trails around the pretty Elton Reservoir in Bury.
Just south of Ramsbottom there's the worthy Redisher Wood to explore. In the woods there are peaceful woodland trails and water features including the Holcombe Brook, a picturesque lake and photogenic waterfalls.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.