The Peel Tower stands 128 feet high on Holcombe Hill, close to Holcombe Village and Ramsbottom. It was erected in 1852 as a memorial to former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.
Peel was born in Ramsbottom and is noted for establishing the Metropolitan Police Service and abolishing the Corn Laws.
A good starting place for a walk up Holcombe Hill is the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Holcombe village, a Grade II listed building built in the mid-18th century. From here walk along Cross Lane and then take the track signposted to Peel Tower. Alternatively take the East Lancashire Railway to Ramsbottom and walk from here to Holcombe village.
On the way up to the tower the Millennium Bench, commissioned by the locals to mark the new century, is a pleasant spot to have a rest and enjoy the views.
On most days it’s not possible to climb the steps to the top of the tower. For opening times call the Bury Tourist Information Centre on 0161 253 5111.
The tower is also a popular venue for charity abseiling events.