GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Summerseat Walks

3 miles (5 km)

This village near Ramsbottom is a lovely place for a stroll. There's good riverside trails, a heritage railway, old mills and pretty cottages to see in this attractive conservation area.
The walk starts from the train station on the East Lancashire Railway and follows the Irwell Sculpture Trail north to visit the river and mills in the village. You'll pass Brooksbottom where there's an interesting old mill and an impressive six arched viaduct over the river.
The route continues up to Nuttall Park where there are some nice riverside trails and views of the passing old trains to enjoy.


BL9 5PZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks near Summerseat

  • Ramsbottom - A circular walk around Ramsbottom visiting some of the highlights of the area including River Irwell, Nuttall Park, Holcombe and the iconic Peel Tower.
    The walk starts from the train station and heads a short distance to the east to pick up the Irwell Sculpture Trail
  • Bury - A circular walk around Bury, taking in the River Irwell, two reservoirs and the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
  • Elton Reservoir - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir in Bury
  • Irwell Sculpture Trail - Follow the River Irwell on this splendid waterside walk through Greater Manchester and enjoy over 70 artworks by renowned artists
  • Peel Tower - This walk climbs to the Peel Monument on Holcombe Hill in Ramsbottom near Bury
  • Bury - A circular walk around Bury, taking in the River Irwell, two reservoirs and the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
  • Burrs Country Park - This walk takes you around the pretty Burrs Country Park, situated on the River Irwell just north of Bury
  • Entwistle Reservoir - This circular walk follows the waterside footpath around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir near Bolton in Lancashire
  • Wayoh Reservoir - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Bolton
  • Holcombe Moor - A circular walk around Holcombe Moor visiting Peel Tower on the way
  • Rossendale Way - This circular walk takes you on a tour of the lovely Rossendale area of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
    The path passes Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Whitworth, Stubbins and Healey with a series of attractive reservoirs including Cowpe and Calf Hey real highlights
  • Rawtenstall - This Lancashire based town is in a great place for exploring the River Irwell and the Rossendale Valley
  • Redisher Wood - This walk visits the pretty Redisher Wood in Ramsbottom


Head to The Hamers Arms for some post walk refreshment. The traditional, stone-built pub includes an open fire and a nice garden area outside. They also do a fine Sunday carvery. You can find them at postcode BL0 9UG for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The river and parkland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Hamers Arms mentioned above is also very dog friendly with water and treats available.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north west from the village and you can enjoy a climb to Peel Tower where you can enjoy splendid views over the area.
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.


Summerseat Railway Bridge - - 388955

Summerseat Railway Bridge. The railway bridge crossing over the river Irwell here in Summerseat is part of the East Lancashire Railway. The cottages underneath the bridge are Hamer Terrace. The terrace overlooks the river Irwell at Brooksbottoms. The retaining wall along the river bank was rebuilt and strengthened a few years ago.The monument on top of the hill on the extreme right isPeel Tower, a memorial to Sir Robert Peel the founder of the modern police force.

Old Mill Workers Houses at Brooksbottoms - - 295026

Old Mill Workers Houses at Brooksbottoms In 1885 many rows of red brick houses were built for the mill workers at Brooksbottoms. The initial rent for these houses was four shillings equivalent to 20p by today's money. Many of these houses have been modernised and as you can see are in use today.

Brooksbottom Viaduct Summerseat - - 427777

Brooksbottom Viaduct Summerseat. This six arched 200 yard long viaduct built in 1845 is on the approach tothe railway bridge.
This view shows the western aspect of the viaduct at its southern end. Although made mainly of stone the arched inner rings are made of brick. The viaduct is still used today by the East Lancashire Railway.

Summerseat Railway Station - - 893818

Summerseat Railway Station. Locomotive No 92214is seen here about to leave the station and head north for Ramsbottom. This is just one of the six stations on the line known as the East Lancashire Railway. The heritage railwayline runs betweenHeywoodin Greater Manchester andRawtenstall in Lancashire.

Burrs Weir Summerseat

Burrs Weir Summerseat

Summerseat Moss Lane - - 388800

Moss Lane. These cottages in Summerseat are in beautiful spot overlooking the cricket ground of Brooksbottom Cricket Club.

Water Fowl Lake - - 388764

Water Fowl Lake. Next to the Irwell Sculpture Trail just south of the village, is this small well maintained lake which has a large variety of ducks and geese.

Nuttall Park in June - - 464791

Nuttall Park in June. Nuttall Park opened in 1928 and is just 600 metres from the centre of Ramsbottom. The mill chimney in the centre of the picture isthe Paper Mill. Formerly the Trinity paper mill it was owned by Mondi when this picture was taken in 2007. Mondi are the country's third largest corrugated packaging company making corrugated sheet from recycled cardboard at this plant in Ramsbottom. In September 2008 the Austrian paper mill operator Mondi announced that it had entered into a staff consultation over the closure of its Holcombe Mill in Ramsbottom. Holcombe Mill produced 105,000 tonnes of recycled containerboard a year for the UK market. Mondi also blamed rising energy costs, declining demand and a slowing economy for the closure. The mill closed down in December 2008 and remains empty to this day. In January 2007 the park was badly flooded after the nearby river Irwell burst its banks.


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