The Peel Tower is one of the most impressive sights in North West England. It stands 128 feet high on Holcombe Hill, overlooking the village of Holcombe and the town of Ramsbottom.
The tower, also known as the Peel Monument, was one of two monuments opened in the Bury area in 1852 to commemorate the life of Sir Robert Peel (1788 – 1850). The other is the statue in the Market Place, Bury.
Peel was born in Ramsbottom in 1788. The Conservative politician served twice as Prime Minister (1834 – 1835, 1841 – 1846) and also has Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary. His major accomplishments included reforming criminal law, establishing the Metropolitan Police Service, and abolishing the Corn Laws.
The views from the top of the Peel Tower are amazing. Climb the 148 steps and you will be rewarded not only with great views of Ramsbottom and Holcombe Moor, but also Manchester, Cheshire, and North Wales.
Unfortunately, the tower is not open most days of the year. Volunteers occasionally open in on Sundays, in which case there will be a white flag flying from the top of the tower. If you wish to confirm opening times in advance of your visit call the Bury Tourist Information Centre on 0161 253 5111.
Even if the tower isn’t open when you visit, the views from Holcombe Hill and the base of the tower are still well worth a trip.
A good starting place for a fairly easy walk up Holcombe Hill to the tower is the Shoulder of Mutton pub on Moor Road in Holcombe village. From here walk to Cross Lane, then Moorbottom Road, and then take the track to Peel Tower. The route is well signposted and there will usually be plenty of other walkers that you can follow.
If you don’t fancy giving the pub your custom, you can park your vehicle at the car park on Lumb Carr Road, roughly one third of a mile from the Shoulder of Mutton. Street parking is also available on Cross Lane, Lumb Carr Road, and Chapel Lane.
You could also begin the walk in Ramsbottom. Our six mile circular walk from Ramsbottom begins at the East Lancashire Railway’s Ramsbottom Train Station and takes in the Peel Tower, Holcombe Moor, and Stubbins. Complete the whole walk or just the section from Ramsbottom to the tower.
Note: The postcode given in the information box below is for the Shoulder of Mutton. The Peel Tower is an unoccupied monument and does not have its own postcode.