There are no standard passenger services running today - The next service will be on Saturday 15th May 2021 using the Reopening Timetable

The most easterly point of the railway is Heywood, a small factory town with a big industrial past which can still be viewed today, from the original railway buildings to the many mills dotting the landscape.

Queen's Park
Caption: Queen's Park
Rochdale Pioneers Museum
Caption: Rochdale Pioneers Museum

Heywood lies on the south bank of the River Roch, conveniently located just a short distance from Central Manchester yet within a few miles of the impressive Pennines.

The town is famed for its part in the Industrial Revolution playing a prominent role in textile production and mining, specifically the cotton trade.

Surrounded by legend, Heywood is known by locals as “Monkey Town”, the light-hearted folklore still doing the rounds is that Heywood men used to have tails and the stools and benches in Heywood pubs had holes in them for the tails to fit through.

Five Fantastic Things to See and Do in Heywood

  1. Queen's Park - Opens Sundays 12:30pm - 4:00pm
  2. Heywood Civic Centre
  3. Heywood Magic Market
  4. Rochdale Pioneers Museum
  5. Touchstones Art Gallery and Museum


For information on Fares from Heywood, please download the below PDF document.


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    If using Sat-Nav please use the postcodes below:

    • Heywood: OL10 1NL
    • Bury: BL9 0EY
    • Burrs Country Park: BL8 1DA
    • Summerseat: BL9 5QY
    • Ramsbottom: BL0 9AL
    • Irwell Vale: BL0 0QG
    • Rawtenstall: BB4 6AG
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