GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Irwell Sculpture Trail

30 miles (48 km)

Follow the River Irwell on this splendid waterside walk through Greater Manchester and enjoy over 70 artworks by renowned artists.
The walk starts at Salford Quays and follows the trail north through Bury and Ramsbottom towards Bacup.
The walk visits some lovely riverside country parks including Clifton Country Park and Burrs Country Park. You also pass Outwood Country Park where you can pick up the Outwood Trail. Another route highlight is a nice stretch along the Bury Canal where you'll pass the pretty Elton Reservoir.
At Ramsbottom you will pass close to the Peel Tower. The monument is dedicated to SirRobert Peel, the 19th century Prime Minister considered the father of modernBritish policing. It's a major local landmark and worth the climb to the top for the views over the area.
The trail also visits a series of art galleries and museums including the Lowry and the East Lancashire Railway.

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Irwell Sculpture Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Irwell Sculpture Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The Eagle and Child in Ramsbottom is a 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.

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Photos

On the Irwell Sculpture Trail (geograph 685424)

Delightful riverside sculpture near Summerseat

Irwell Sculpture Trail Stubbins - geograph.org.uk - 378964

These old stone sets run for about a half mile section between Ramsbottom and Stubbins and are part of The Irwell Sculpture Trail that follows a well established 30 mile footpath stretching from Salford Quays through Bury into Rossendale and up to the Pennines above Bacup.The field to the left is a flood plain which is used when the River Irwell bursts its banks like it did in January 2007

Eye-glass sculpture on Irwell Sculpture Trail in Bury, Lancashire

Eye-glass sculpture on Irwell Sculpture Trail in Bury, Lancashire

Sculpture - Irwell Sculpture Trail near Lumb - geograph.org.uk - 348491

Sculpture near Lumb

Sculpture - geograph.org.uk - 144827

Stone Cycle sculpture by Julie Edwards at Burrs Country Park.

In the Picture, Edenfield (geograph 481701)

"Frame" sculpture'In the Picture'near Strongstry. Nice view of the countryside through this eye catching piece

James and the ball of fire (geograph 1687066)

James and the ball of fire. A striking piece near Radcliffe

Burrs Mill Chimney, Bury (geograph 388064)

Burrs Mill Chimney, Bury

Video

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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