GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Moses Gate Country Park

3 miles (5 km)

This large country park in Bolton covers 750 acres and includes a number of splendid cycling and walking trails. The River Croal and River Irwell run through the park and there are 3 pretty lakes, so there is some lovely waterside walking and cycling to enjoy. The park is excellent for bird watching with a bird hide next to one of the lakes.
Facilities in the park include a visitor centre and some excellent play areas for children. The park is located just a few miles south of Bolton next to Moses Gate train station.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head a couple of miles south and visit Blackleach Country Park. Here you'll find a nice walking trail along a pretty lake with lots of birdlife to look out for.
Also nearby is Clifton Country Park. Located alongside the River Irwell the park contains walking and cycling trails with features including a pretty lake, woodland, meadows and an arboretum.


BL4 7QS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Moses Gate Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Moses Gate Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


A seasonal ice cream van appears at the site during the warmer months. You can pick up basic refreshments here. The Railway pub is located just to the west of the park next to the train station. To the east there's the Jolly Carter which has a good menu and a garden area to sit out in. You can find them at 168 Church St, Little Lever, with a postcode of BL3 1BW for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The river and parkland trails are ideal for dog walking so you're likely to see other owners on your visit. It's best to keep them on leads as there is a lot of birdlife in the park. The Jolly Carter mentioned above also welcomes dogs in the vault area and beer garden provided they are on a lead.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east of the park you can pick up the popular Irwell Sculpture Trail. The waymarked footpaths takes you along the River Irwell with lots of sculptures and wildlife to see on the way. If you follow it south it will take you to Clifton Country Park.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Greater Manchester Walks page.


Bluebells at Moses Gate Country Park - - 800459

Bluebells at Moses Gate Country Park

3rd milestone

Waterway in the park

Rock Hall Visitor Centre - - 1168141

Rock Hall Visitor Centre Rock Hall, built by John Comptom, was completed in 1807. His son, Thomas Bonsor Compton lived in the hall. Subsequently the managers of the paper mill lived there and today it hosts the visitor centre in Moses Gate Country Park.

River Croal Valley - - 4865

River Croal Valley. The wooded valley of the River Croal, north-east of Farnworth, Bolton.

Goose at crompton lodges - panoramio

Birds in the lake at Compton Lodges on the western side of the park.

Compton Lodges, Farnworth (250035) (9452557565)

Compton Lodges, Farnworth


GPS Files

GPX File

Moses Gate Country Park.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Moses Gate Country Park.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)