The Simple Life- Escaping the city is something I’ve vowed to do more often. In a bid to explore the countryside surrounding our beloved city of Manchester, I set off on a day out with my buddies Jess and Helena to explore some of the picturesque countryside and pretty little towns in the surrounding areas of Lancashire.
We set off to the town of Ramsbottom (which is in fact far more lovely than the name may lead you to believe) Ramsbottom is located in the borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. Historically within Lancashire, it is situated on the course of the River Irwell, in the West Pennine Moors. We arrived by bus which dropped us next to the pretty River Irwell right by the East Lancashire railway which still runs the old fashioned steam trains.
Ramsbottom hosts an array of festivals each year, the most famous and slightly bizarre being the Black Pudding Throwing Festival, where locals attempt to topple a pile of giant Yorkshire puddings by throwing a black pudding!
Ramsbottom (much like Haworth) has a main street built on a hill which boasts five charity stores and two great antique shops, a beautiful church with gardens and a selection of tea rooms. We zig-zagged our way up the street browsing the antiques, trying on vintage hats and glasses and stopped in one of the tearooms for a spot of lunch.
Our favourite antique shop was Jesse Mays Vintage Store which has a little tea rooms inside selling baked goods and a selection of tea and coffee. Typical to the small countryside towns in rural England the prices for the vintage gems were very reasonable. Jess dared to take part in a magic trick running the risk of having her had chopped off, thankfully the trick ended in wild laughter rather than amputation!
Following our fun packed morning in Ramsbottom fuelled by ample fresh air, tea and cake we jumped back on the bus and headed to the historic Bury Market famed for it’s Black Pudding. Bury Market is an open-air market which started in 1444. It consists of a large market hall with extensive stalls outside, selling fruit, flowers, clothing, hardware and groceries. If you wanted an alternative instead of heading to Bury Market you could always jump on the steam train in Ramsbottom and head to Rawtenstall to visit Fitzpatrick’s Britain’s last temperance bar.
We explored the Bury Market buying some great cheese and olives which we later devoured. The hustle and bustle of the market is true to its roots with locals selling produce from the surrounding areas, the atmosphere is vibrant and similar to the of London’s Spitalfields or Borough Market.
Feeling rather smug with our bounty we headed home promising ourselves to make plans to visit more areas of beauty that surround our home city. We also vowed to explore our home city as a tourist, appreciate our local area to its fullest and share our adventures. You may remember my ‘Become a tourist in your own city’ post which outlines a simple exercise to list five new things to see and do in your local area, what would be on your list?
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