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Steam Voyage to Adventure

Healey DellAre you ready for a great Northern adventure? Why not combine your trip on the East Lancashire Railway with one of the great walks and outdoor activities that are within easy reach of the ELR stations?

The North West is a veritable treasure trove for ramblers, featuring some fine walking country. Why not meander down the Irwell Sculpture Trail? Stretching 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, the Irwell Sculpture Trail makes for a unique day out for the family, and its free! Walk up hills and through scenic woodlands in your sculpture search.

If time travel is more your thing then aspiring wanderers could try their hands (or rather feet) at the round trip from Ramsbottom to Summerseat via Holcombe and back. This historic three hour walk also reveals the close relationship between the landscape and the community throughout the town’s history

A journey up to Rossendale’s Halo makes for a satisfyingly etheric experience, especially in the evening, and some pretty views during the day.

Rossendale HaloAnd don’t forget the Rossendale Shoe Trail, a walk that explores the areas close connection with the shoe and brick industries.

If you are planning to stay for a while then there are a whole host of adventure weekends and walks including walking festivals held throughout the year. There are also an abundance of places to camp for you wilderness lovers out there. If walking and camping are not extreme enough for you, thrill seekers can try out the Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail. A huge quarry converted into an arena of mountain bike madness including a beginner’s area for people to learn basic mountain bike handling skills and routes for more veteran bikers.

Whatever your tastes there will be something for you to do in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. If you need more inspiration, or would merely like more information, check out the websites below. Lancashire looks forward to seeing you.