Ordnance Survey Map 287 - West Pennine Moors (Blackburn; Darwen & Accrington) 1:25000 refers

March 12, 2014Palfreyman

This linear walk of approximately ten miles from Bury to Rawtenstall follows the Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail, returning to the start using the East Lancs Railway, or if preferred local bus services. Strong boots are required as the path can be quite muddy during wet weather. The walk starts from the ELR station in Bolton Street, if you are driving there is ample parking on the Irwell Street Car Park (pay and display by the hour or flat fee of £1 on Sundays). Follow the signs to the station, the car park is close by. On leaving the car park turn left and head west using the underpasses to reach and join the footpath as it follows the Irwell Valley and the preserved railway line north. Once on the trail the signage is generally easy to follow but walkers should be aware that confusion can occur especially where other paths cross, join or diverge. The walk ends at ELR's Rawtenstall station for the return journey by train, walkers wishing to use the bus will need to continue a little further to the bus station.

Some waypoints:
Bolton Street Station SD 802108
Irwell Valley Trail SD 799108
Burrs Country Park SD 797126
Summerseat Station SD 793146
Nuttall Park SD 796161
Ramsbottom Station SD 794168
Chatterton SD 793184
Irwell Vale SD 791201
Rawtenstall Station SD 809225

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