Chances are, when you mention the town of Bolton, you think of comedian Peter Kay. But Bolton has an extremely interesting heritage, with wonderful natural sights in and around the area. Located close to the scenic West Pennine Moors, the original name of the town was in fact Bolton-Le-Moors. Historically, it is a part of Lancashire; however the town does reside within the county of Greater Manchester.
Bolton was one of the largest and most productive areas for textiles during the Industrial revolution, and this heritage can be seen still in many places. Traditional areas such as Barrow Bridge highlight this, being a former model village. It still is quite serene and picturesque.
On the outskirts of the town, you can find more historic sights such as Turton Tower. This is a listed building built originally in the 15th Century. It is now a museum offering a interesting look at local history. Bolton has many wonderful places similar to this, such as Smithills Hall. The Hall itself and the surrounding area (including a small farm) offer a great day out for the family.
If rambling is something that appeals to you, then Rivington Pike is ideal. At the summit of the many footpaths lies a watch tower, which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. On a clear day, it’s possible to see Blackpool Tower in the distance.
Closeby to Rivington is the parish of Horwich. Here is where the local football team, Bolton Wanderers have their ground; The Reebok Stadium. Next to this is Middlebrook Retail Park, offering restaurants, cinemas and shopping which should keep a family busy for the duration of the day.
Coming a little closer to home, Bolton town centre offers a few attractions of its own. The town hall was built in 1866 and has an impressive clock tower that is quite Baroque in design. This however, is not the oldest building in the town. That honour in fact goes to a public house. Ye Olde Man & Scythe was built way back in 1251, making in one of the oldest in the country.
Bolton has a proud historical history, and is the perfect destination for those who like the great outdoors.
Halit Bozdogan is a proud Boltonian and writes for Bolton-based company Appliances Online. The worst place he ever visited in the UK was Luton. The best place is Windermere-On-Bowness. He’s also a new father to 5 week old Alfie James.