Bolton is the largest town in the UK, and only 10 minutes from Manchester. The Bolton borough is made up of 7 other settlements including Blackrod, Farnworth, Horwich, Kearsley, Little Lever, South Turton, and Westhoughton. Historically Bolton formed part of Lancashire, but is now classed as Greater Manchester.
There are plenty of transport options in Bolton; 11 railway stations serve the Bolton area with stations at Bolton Trinity Street, Bromley Cross, Hall I’ th’ wood (taking its name from the house where Samuel Crompton invented the Spinning Mule!), Blackrod, Horwich Parkway, Lostock, Westhoughton, Moses Gate, Farnworth, Kearsley, and Daisy Hill.
A free town centre metro shuttle bus provides a service every 15 minutes, using a circular route covering approximately three miles around the town centre and accessing 15 other bus stops. You can also jump in the car and head for city life with the A666 providing quick access to the M60 and M62. The M61 leading to the M6 ensures that you have unfettered access to the entirety of the Northwest.
“29 secondary schools; with five of those reaching outstanding status, and nine achieving good ratings…”
Bolton is home to one of Greater Manchester’s four universities, The University of Bolton. Having only obtained university status in 2005 it is one of Britain’s newest universities. There is an extensive range of educational institutions in Bolton consisting of 88 schools, with 18 of those considered outstanding, and 56 considered to be good – which is an excellent record for an area of this size. There are also 29 secondary schools; with five of those reaching outstanding status, and nine achieving good ratings.
Bolton hosts more than 25 parks in and around the Bolton area, so there’s no shortage of places to enjoy time with your kids. Skate and trampoline parks are also popular attractions as is a riding centre, open farm, and steam museum.
Shopaholics have plenty of reason to love the Bolton area well as it is home to three good sized shopping centres, which all feature a mix of big-store brands and smaller independents.
The socialites can also find plenty of reason to enjoy their time off as Bolton attracts students and townsfolk to its venues on the weekend. There’s a ton of variety on offer as the fun includes all manner of entertainment, from dining out to pubs and clubs.
“all manner of entertainment, from dining out to pubs and clubs…”
The Bolton Wanderers Football Club stadium provides facilities for indoor sports training and regularly hosts major racket sports tournaments.
A small civil parish, Blackrod can be found just a tad over 6 miles west of Bolton and was once a major centre for coal mining.
Just outside of Blackrod is Red Moss, which is a 116.6 acre site of major biological interest and is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Pollen analysis has revealed Red Moss to be a very senior 10,000 years’ old! With a population of just over 5,000, Blackrod is the perfect location to get away from the hustle and bustle while still having convenient access to city life.
Horwich is situated at the southern end of the West Pennine Moors, with a population of over 20,000 and decent access to the M61 motorway. Railway stations at Blackrod (nearest to the town centre) and Horwich Parkway, combined with a frequent bus service provide transport between Horwich and Bolton.
Kearsley is a medium sized town situated a few miles south of Bolton. The A666 from Manchester to Kearsley passes directly through the town.
Kearsley railway station provides a service northbound to Bolton and southbound to Manchester.
As a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Little Lever is situated a couple of miles southeast of Bolton. There are seven schools in little lever (5 primary, one secondary, and one special needs school) so it’s an excellent place for families to settle, and it also hosts a library for the book lovers.
Adjacent to the Little Lever School is a purpose-built leisure centre containing a sports hall, gymnasium, squash courts, and an all-weather pitch. Sports all-rounders can also get in some football, cricket, and bowls. For active youths there are several youth organisations to join, which will help keep them busy through a range of activities.
Westhoughton is made up of several small villages and hamlets, each with a unique character. Transport is well taken care of with buses connecting to Bolton, Wigan and Leigh and trains connecting to Manchester, Bolton and Southport.
“picturesque farmhouses and cottages provide rural living at its very best…”
Lying on the southern slopes of the West Pennine Moors, South Turton provides superb country living within close proximity to the centres of Bolton, Blackburn and Bury. The picturesque farmhouses and cottages provide rural living at its very best and the trails around the Wayoh and Entwistle reservoirs are local favourites with ramblers and dog walkers alike.
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