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Peel Tower and Ramsbottom
Standing tall on Holcombe Hill and overlooking the valley it is one of the area's most noticeable landmarks. The tower was opened in 1852 in honour of Sir Robert Peel, son of a local mill owner. He is best known of course for being Prime Minister and as the founder of the police force.
The tower is 128ft high and the views are well worth the climb. Peel Tower is open to the public when the flag is flying from the top, however there are also scheduled openings 20 October and 17 November.
If you wish to explore further afield then the following
circular walk includes
Holcombe Hill and Peel Tower.
Just below Peel Tower is the village of Holcombe which includes a popular Shoulder of Mutton pub. You can also continue down hill into the pretty town of Ramsbottom which is packed with pubs, cafes and plenty of independent shops. There is an Artisan Market every second Sunday of the month and if you are making a return visit then there is the annual Chocolate Festival (weekend before Easter) and the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships (September)
To get to Ramsbottom, you can catch the East Lancashire Railway from Bury. www.eastlancsrailway.org
There is parking in Ramsbottom and a car park nearer to Peel Tower on Lumb Carr Road.
For more information call Bury Tourist Information Centre 0161 253 5111