places to go
Looking for places to explore on the Rosso network? This guide gives you a quick introduction to some of our favourites.
“The Rossendale Valley is the perfect retreat from the pressures of daily life. Experience the beauty of the landscape and the warm welcome from this friendly community. History and Heritage is abundant in its buildings and in the traditions still practiced throughout the Valley including the World black pudding throwing and Gravy Wrestling Championships."
Bridge Street, Bolton Street Square and the original Market Place in the centre of the town are the main shopping areas, with buildings of great character and charm. Ramsbottom has plenty of specialist shops, some unique to the town, and there’s a market every Saturday, close to the main shopping streets.
Bolton is always busy with a traditional yet colourful market and a splendid Victorian Market Hall. With all your favourite high street names, plus great ethnic clothing, craft and antique shops, Bolton certainly caters for every type of shopper.
Follow this 2.5 mile path – it’s shared with cyclists & horse riders - along the former railway line from Bury town centre to Greenmount. It’s the main route through the Kirklees Valley Nature Reserve and forms part of National Cycle Route 6 between Manchester & Preston.
At the southern end of a new viaduct carrying the trail over the Kirklees Brook at Woolfold there are intriguing silhouette sculptures.
Graham Williams / Visit Manchester
East Lancashire Railway
Step on board lovingly restored vintage steam or diesel hauled carriages and watch the world go by as rolling green hills and picturesque towns trundle past.
Trains run every weekend throughout the year, and between April and September every day except Mondays and Tuesdays.
A full-line return ticket let you hop on and off the train as often as you like and includes free admission to Bury Transport Museum. And remember, kids under 5 travel free, and you can also get family tickets for up to two adults and three children.
Rochdale, where Gracie Fields came from, is at the foot of the Pennines in an area with a fascinating history, fine architecture and breathtaking countryside.
It makes for a great day out. And with the town boasting your favourite high street names in two indoor shopping centres plus fabulous independent shops, make sure to pack some retail therapy into your visit! Rochdale is also home to award winning restaurants and bars.