so that the railway is on the left. Keep on the path as passes the Old Cobblers Inn on your right towards a prominent mill chimney.The way passes under an arch
to enter a flagged garden. Keep ahead. Quickly you reach a pastoral scene with the River Irwell on the left.
After passing a riverside cottage you arrive at a lane.
and cross the river on a road bridge.
This leads round into a sheet metal yard.
A right turn between buildings will bring you back to the riverside path. This leads beneath the A56.
After crossing a road (B6527) at the next bridge the trail continues passing beneath the railway twice
to arrive at the small community of Irwell Vale.
towards Meadow Park. After passing a converted chapel on the right keep ahead through a residential area. Do not cross the bridge but keep ahead on a riverside path
as it enters a wooded stretch and soon you will find yourself walking alongside the railway again. 200yds along turn left under the railway
and then continue alongside it.
A short distance along there is a sculpture
to view on the hillside to the left. This next part of the walk is rather attractive as trail, rail and water find their own route through the valley.
Here you will come across more art work that gives the trail its name.
Here turn left to walk through the settlement.
Cross the A676 and continue on an unsurfaced track.
You will soon come to open riverside meadows. Through a kissing gate
keep to the left following a wall.
After crossing a footbridge
the trail takes you towards an imposing chimney,
and then veers leftwards to put you on a footpath
that takes you through a semi-industrial complex. Keep ahead and on reaching Bridge Street turn right and walk over the river to reach Ramsbottom station.
It runs from Heywood through Bury to Rawtenstall and is a most marvellous example of a preserved railway run by an outstanding team of volunteers. On most weekends throughout the year a steam or diesel service is run which is extended into the week during the summer (May to early September). Walkers wishing to explore the Irwell Valley can use the railway to bring them back to their starting point. As it happens the Irwell Sculpture Trail runs parallel with the ELR providing many options for walkers