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Spring Bolton Life and Visit Bolton guide
The spring edition of Bolton Life and Visit Bolton is packed with exciting events taking place between March and May 2013. There's also a Visit Bolton section with 10 pages full of ideas on where to go and what to do.
If you're inspired to stay a while, you can discover more about Bolton's wide range of hotels and guest accommodation in our Where to stay section.
The Crompton Trail
Follow the life and times of Samuel Crompton, one of Bolton's most famous sons. The Crompton Trail transports you back to the 18th century when Crompton invented the Spinning Mule. The trail guides you around sites specific to Crompton including his birthplace at Firwood Fold and Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive where you can see the world's only surviving Spinning Mule. Download a PDF version of The Crompton Trail.
If you like to get out and enjoy the countryside there are some great walks in and around Bolton that you could explore.
Historic Houses, Highest Hill
This walk takes you from the medieval manor house of Smithills Hall up to the television mast on Winter Hill, which reaches a height of almost 1500 feet and is the highest hill in the West Pennine Moors. From the heights there could be views over to the Peak District and Pennines, to North Wales and even to the Isle of Man. The route returns to the start of the walk by way of the classic mill village of Barrow Bridge. A shorter, 4-mile circuit provides easy walking but the full 8-mile walk takes you over high, rough moorland. Download the guide
Towers and Turrets
The Last Drop Village complex of hotel, restaurant and shops stands high above Bolton on the edge of the hills and makes an excellent starting point for this walk across a scenic golf course, over one bridge of towers and turrets (one of which can be climbed) and past another, through woods to the attractive village of Chapeltown.
You visit two reservoirs offering extensive views and linked by a delightful wooded gorge with a rippling stream, and the country house of Turton Tower, medieval and later, is open to the public and stands in pleasant grounds. There is no difficult walking on this route. Download the Towers and Turrets walk guide.
Two Faces of Rivington
The very popular walking area of Lever Park was laid out by the 1st Lord Leverhulme. The southern loop of this walk, of about 3 miles, offers easy walking along wooded tracks and paths in the park, while the northern loop, about 3.5 miles in length, takes you over rougher country on the fringe of moorland outside the park, with views as far as the Clwydian Hills in North Wales if you are lucky.
To combine the two loops into a figure-of-8 would produce a walk of 6.5 miles or, if you start and finish in Horwich, that would add an extra mile. And, if you went to look at the gardens which surrounded Lord Leverhulme's bungalow, that would add more to the distance. Download the Two Faces of Rivington guide
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