Peel Tower : Greater Manchester

by | Dec 8, 2019 | Go Outside, Greater Manchester, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 4.62 km (2.89 miles)

Route Elevation: 192 m

Route Time: 4-7 hrs

Start and Finish: Holcombe Old Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL0 9RY

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.


There are no facilities featured on this walk

Ramsbottom is a up and coming and there are many places to eat or drink. For more information vist the TipAdvisor website 


Very few hazards along this route, but walking through the wood and then across the fields in wet weather could make it challenging under foot.

The Urban Ranger Website cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent, and to be able to read a map and use a compass. Plan your route properly with the latest advice from the AdventureSmart website

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A great walk for all abilities close to Rambottom in Greater Manchester. This easy to medium short circular walk will take you up to the famous monument via woods and impressive views.   

Peel Tower is visible to the eye from many locations across the Greater Manchester on a good day, an unless you are local to Ramsbottom you possibly would not know how to get up to the tower or know there a is a great circular route offering impressive views on a good day which will allow you to see right across the whole of Greater Manchester and beyond.

Peel Tower is one of the most impressive sights in the North West and stands at 128 feet tall and was one of two monuments opened in the Bury area to commemorate the life of Sir Robert Peel.

Pick a good visibility day to attempt this walk or you will not get the best from what views are on offer. I have walked this route in the winter and with low cloud you will not see very much and even the tower becomes invisible due to low cloud or fog.

The first part of the walk starts from Redhisher Wood which you can access via Holcombe Old Road. Look for the Hare & Hounds pub and park on the road to the side will lead you straight into the wood.

On a wet day can be it difficult under foot in places so make sure you wear the right attire. There is an easier route up to the tower but I wanted to do the harder option, which is not really that hard in all fairness.

Once in Redhisher Wood keep to the path until it opens up and then stay to the right until you see a break in the trees which will lead you up a steep embankment to a gate. Go through the gate and across the field until you come to another gate. Pass through the gate and turn right onto Moorbottom Road, walk a further 900 yards until you see a stile on your left with a picture of Peel Monument.

Pass through the stile and up the hill until you get to the top and take a left and follow the path up to the tower. After visiting the tower get back on the path and follow it all the way around to the left until you come to Cross Road. Follow the road down until it takes you on to Holcombe Old Road and just keep walking so you are on the back road and not the main road. This will lead you straight back to the Hare & Hounds Pub. 

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