Other attractions/things to see and do

Rossendale Museum & Whitaker Park

Mr Fitzpatrick’s

East Lancashire Railway & the Rail Ale Trail

Rawtenstall Market

Ski Rossendale

Halo & Panopticons


Café Artisan (at Bocholt Tree)

Do-dah’s Café Wine Bar

Asda Café

Public Conveniences:

Public Toilets located in Asda Rawtenstall:

Car Parking

Rawtenstall Car Parks:



East Lancashire Railway

The Witch Way

Traveline North West
0871 200 22 33


Cycling in Greater Manchester

Events along the Trail

Rossendale Tour Buzz

Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture

Rossendale Museum

Rossendale Museum of local history and general interest, is housed in a former mill owner's residence, built in 1840 for the Hardman family. You can capture the atmosphere of the period in the Victorian drawing room, marvel at the Tiger and Python in the natural history display and learn about Rossendale's past in this compact museum, situated in the expanse of Whitaker Park. A programme of temporary exhibitions are held in the museum's two gallery spaces.

The Museum retains much of the character of the original house, and preserves the social history of the area with period Victorian rooms, fine arts and furnishings. There are regular family friendly events and activities and has recently been awarded money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has helped to ensure that the building is accessible by wheelchair users.

For further information about Rossendale Museum; opening times, the collections and  how to get there, please visit the website: 


Whitaker Park

Whitaker Park is a large park on the outskirts of Rawtenstall.

The facilities available include gardens, Bowling Green, small animal area, BMX track, Skateboard Park, multi use games area, football pitch and children’s play area. There is a small car park within the park which can be accessed off Haslingden Old Road, Rawtenstall.

Mr Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar

Fitzpatrick's Botanical Herbalists has been making soft drinks for the people of Rossendale and the Lancashire regions since 1899. The  tiny Victorian bar still looks much as it ever did:  ceramic tap barrels, shelves lined with jars of medicinal herbs, roots and extracts.  Although open for business as usual, it is largely a heritage site today.

However, all is not lost, there has been a huge resurgence in interest and so the Mr Fitzpatricks legacy still lives on and these botanical pick me ups are still produced in Lancashire from the original archive recipes in much the same way as they always were.

For more information about Mr Fitzpatrick’s, please visit the website: www.mrfitzpatricks.com

East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway operates every weekend throughout the year and Wednesdays to Friday from April to September. 

The line is over 12 miles long and runs between Heywood and Rawtenstall, with intermediate stations at Bury, (4 miles from Heywood) and Ramsbottom, (8 miles from Heywood). Unstaffed Halts are provided between Bury and Ramsbottom at Summerseat, and between ramsbottom and Rawtenstall at Irwell Vale.

The journey between Heywood and Rawtenstall takes approximately one hour in each direction. From Heywood the line descend Broadfield bank, and after crossing the M66 and the River Roch the line climbs towards Bury town centre and the Irwell valley. On leaving Bury the line commences the long climb up the valley via Ramsbottom, crossing the River Irwell nine times before reaching terminus at Rawtenstall. 


The Rail Ale Trail

A ride on the East Lancashire Railway offers not only stunning countryside but tucked away villages, hidden gems (and pubs) and plenty of fascinating history and quirky facts and stories. 

ELR’s Rail Ale Trail takes you on a journey to discover some of the Irewll Valley’s most beautiful locations and exceptional pubs, all linked together by the railway. Whether you are an ale enthusiast, lover of a good pint of bitter or a tee-totaller, you will find something to suit your taste buds at every station along the route.

Simply download the Rail Ale Trail guide if you wish to follow the trail at your own pace. The guide is designed as a handy accompaniment to start and finish your tour at any of the ELR stations.



Pennine Lancashire's Panopticons are a unique series of twenty-first century landmarks, designed to attract visitors into the countryside to enjoy the stunning landscapes and wealth of attractions that this delightful area has to offer. Each Panopticon is situated on a high-point site commanding spectacular views. The Panopticons include:

Halo: Top o’ Slate, Haslingden

Colourfields: Corporation Park, Blackburn

Singing Ringing Tree: Crown Point, Burnley

Atom: Wycoller Village

For more information about all the Panopticon’s and how to find them, please visit the website: www.visitlancashire.com

Ski Rossendale

Ski Rossendale Social Enterprise was created to give an identity to assist in the tender process offered by Rossendale Borough Council for the Ski Rossendale Site. It has been created to illustrate our commitment to develop the community aspect of the business.

As a Social enterprise we are committed to re investing the profits made by the centre to re develop the Ski Rossendale.

Ski Rossendale Ltd was formed by Dave Fuller, Karon Driver and Sue and Steve Foulkes with the intention of acquiring the lease to Run and develop Ski Rossendale.

We were fortunate enough to have been successful in the tender process and now find ourselves in the position of developing the business as a Social Enterprise.

Ski Rossendale Ltd is committed to the long term development of Ski Rossendale as a facility where all people can come together to have fun, whilst learning to Ski and Board. It has long been an Iconic leisure facility in Rossendale and we aim to once again put Ski Rossendale on the map as a ‘must Visit’ Attraction within the North West of England.

Café Artisan

Café Artisan is a café/bar in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Café by day, Over 25’s Bar at night. Featuring regular live music.

Tel: 01706 211114

Address: Café Artisan, 1 Brook Street, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, BB4 6AA

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Rossendale Tour Buzz

Rossendale Tour Buzz is no ordinary bus service. The bright red vintage bus is an experience in itself and two routes unlock the very best of Rossendale’s unique character.

Ever heard about Rossendale’s footwear manufacturing heritage? Ever felt the rumble of a giant waterwheel? Ever tasted authentic sarsaparilla or dandelion and burdock? With fascinating history, great shops and delicious local produce, Rossendale is full of surprises.

The Tour Buzz is a hop on/hop off Thursday and Sunday service for just £2 a ticket. 

So, step on board and Get the Buzz!

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