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Exploring Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate

View to Red Brook
View to Red Brook | © Oliver Smith

Spread over 1,400 acres of land, and with open public access, this site offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy walking, running, bird watching, cycling or horse riding, here you’ll have access to spectacular views, woodland, riverside rambling and heritage.

Holcombe Moor

Situated on the western side of Rossendale and the Irwell Valley, Holcombe Moor forms part of the West Pennine Moors, and is a popular destination for outdoor and nature enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy.

Peel Tower

The most recognised monument on Holcombe Moor, Peel Tower was built in 1852 and commemorates Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of Britain (1841–1846) and founder of the modern police force.

Owned by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council, it’s the perfect place to stop and admire magnificent views in every direction. T he building is opened occasionally throughout the year for you to climb the stairs and enjoy a spectacular view from the top.

To check opening days, call Bury tourist information centre team on 0161 253 5111.

Stubbins Estate

Stubbins Estate, which consists of 436 acres of land, was given to the National Trust by Lieutenant Colonel Austin Townsend Porritt as a memorial to his son Richard Whittaker Porritt who was killed in action at Seclin, France on the 26 May 1940 during the withdrawal from Dunkirk.

With acres of wooded hillside, farmland and Pennine moorland, there’s plenty to explore.

Tentering Tower
Tentering Tower | © Oliver Smith

Tentering Tower

A listed building that was built in 1866, Tentering Tower stands on the hillside above Stubbins Vale Mill. Tentering is the process of stretching newly made cloth and letting it dry out, preventing the cloth from shrinking and reducing creasing. The Tower was a protected space, where the cloth could dry without being at the mercy of the weather.

If you look closely at the tower, you’ll notice ornamental battlements topping the three sides that can be seen from the village below however no battlements feature on the west side. It is presumed this was because only workers entered from this side, so the expense was not thought necessary.

Today you can enter the ground floor to see a fascinating part of Ramsbottom’s industrial past up close as you pass it on your walk.

Buckden Wood

Part of the Stubbins Estate, the superb deciduous woodland of Buckden Woods provides spectacular views. Mature oak, birch, alder and aspen grow here and to the west a beech and sycamore plantation provides beautiful seasonal colour. Hawthorne, holly and willow growing here are favourited by local wildlife while bracken, heather, bilberry and bluebells provide beautiful floral ground-cover at different times of the year.

Rangers and volunteers on Holcombe Moor


Everyone needs nature and outdoor space, now more than ever, and as a charity we rely heavily on your support and generosity. Your support plays a vital role in allowing us to protect Holcombe Moor and Stubbins Estate’s natural landscape and rich wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

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