Activities

Holcombe has always been a popular place of entertainment to visitors.  In the past it was a centre for the Holcombe Hunt, the two pubs and several beer halls provided refreshment for the inhabitants of Holcombe and Ramsbottom, and cockfighting was a popular activity.

Nowadays many people visit, especially on fine days, to climb the Hill and walk the footpaths.  Many start from the car park on Lumb Carr Road where a path to the Tower begins.  The Shoulder of Mutton pub and the Mala Restaurant provide refreshment.

There is information about documented walks in the area on the attached page.  There are many footpaths and some are furnished with benches on which visitors can rest and enjoy the spectacular views.

A Resting-Place on Moor Road
Holcombe Hill showing the zig-zag route to the Tower from Branch Rd
Holcombe Hill showing the zig-zag route to the Tower from Branch Rd

Ramsbottom is of course an important visitor attraction, with the East Lancs Railway and various festivals and market days.  Quite a few people walk up the Rake to Holcombe from there.

There is a famous bike race from Ramsbottom to Holcombe up Rawson’s Rake.  It is one of the fiercest short climbs in the calendar and it is held every October, attracting big crowds in good weather.  More information here and here.