Sunday, 17th April 2011




Walk: Steam Train ride to Rawtenstall, and return along the River Irwell and Sculpture Trail.
Start Point: East Lancashire Railway Car Park, Bury. Grid Reference: SD 802 107
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 600 feet
Time: Train 40 minutes, Walk 5.5 hours    
Weather: Glorious sunshine
Comments: We caught the 9.50 train out of Bury to Rawtenstall, via Summerseat, Ramsbottom & Irwell Vale, and enjoyed old memories with the sight and sounds and smells of a real steam train. At Rawtenstall we took time for photos as they moved the engine to the other end of the train for the return journey. We were to see the trains at several points along the route of our walk.

For a walk so close to North Manchester in what was an industrial river valley, it is a welcome surprise to find that it is such pleasant and peaceful countryside. The River Irwell itself has recovered from being an industrial drain to a clear and vibrant waterway.

The route soon picks up the Irwell which we followed to Irwell Vale, on to Chatterton near Stubbins, past Ramsbottom and Nuttall Park, over the tunnels, before dropping into Brockbottoms. After passing Summerseat station itís on to Burrs Country Park. Once an industrial mill area, but now a popular leisure facility. It is about 1 mile into Bury with a pleasant grassy corridor taking us back to the station

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Bury station - it's going the wrong way Bill


Ours is on the left


En route to Rawtenstall


Arrived . . .


at Rawtenstall


Our train returns


Along the River Irwell


Near Irwell Vale


Crossing bridge near Lumb


Group's in the picture . . .


and is the picture




Lunch stop near Ramsbottom


Locals enjoy the river


Tranquil scene near Burrs


Duke of Gloucester steams by . . .


with Pullman Service


Approaching Burrs Country Park


Sculpture - 'Stone Cycle' at Burrs


Burrs, so close to North Manchester

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