A circular walk from Ramsbottom - Irwell Valley (approx 5 miles)

Map: Sheet 287 West Pennine Moors
Start: Car park opposite Ramsbottom Station (SD 792168)
Route: Mostly level following riverside paths and a disused railway track. Although this may not be the most scenic of routes, it has plenty of interest, including steam engines on the East Lancashire Railway to sculptures along the Irwell Valley Trail.

Mills, Ramsbottom From The car park, walk towards the level crossing, and cross the railway track. The first sculpture, The River is a stainless steel path, which meanders through an open space between the railway and the river. Cross the bridge over the Irwell and turn first left. The road takes you between used and disused factories. At the end of the road, follow the footpath sign. Take the left hand fork when the path divides after a short distance.
Sculpture, In the Picture by Richard Caink The path emerges at Stubbins. Cross the road, and use the steel footbridge to cross the river. Turn right along the path which divides the gardens of houses on your left. Follow the path between the river and railway for just less than half a mile. When the river bends to the right, continue following the river, rather than the railway. Cross the river using a footbridge, then immediately turn left. The next sculpture, In the Picture, is a giant picture frame, along with some carvings which relate to loom wreckers in the 1820s.
Sculpture, Remnant Kings by Ian Randall The railway crosses the river and so the path follows close to the rail line, rather than the river. When you come to a signpost pointing away from the level path, up the hillside on your - follow this to view the next sculpture, Remnant Kings. Walk down to re-joining the main path at a gate. Once through the gate, use the subway to cross the railway, then turn left on to the cycle path, following a disused railway line.
Cyle path following disused railway, near River Irwell The cycle path emerges onto a road adjacent to mills at Stubbins. Immediately after passing the mill, take the footpath on the left. The path leads through another subway under the railway then passes rerraced houses. Turn right when you meet the original route by the river. From here, re-trace your steps back to Ramsbottom.

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