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Irwell Sculpture Trail

Winding its way from Salford Quays, through Bury to Bacup, the Irwell Sculpture Trail is a 33 mile long trail featuring over 70 artworks from local, national and international artists.

The largest sculpture route in the UK, the trail makes a great free day out for all the family, connecting local heritage, the landscape and communities. It also links a host of cultural attractions from art galleries and museums to the East Lancashire Railway.

Whether you are on foot, on a bike or simply walking the dog, the trail provides a fascinating backdrop to the local landscape. You don't have to do all 33 miles of the trail in one go as it's split into bite size clusters allowing you to take a short walk or spend all day exploring the area.

For example, when visiting Clifton Country Park don't miss Stephen Charnock's collection of sculptures that were created to mark the site of the former Wet Earth Colliery on the site, one of the first deep mines to be sunk in the Irwell Valley. These artworks including The Lookout, Dig and Galloway Pony are surrounded by both beautiful countryside and industrial heritage.

Visit the Irwell Sculpture Trail to find out all about the trail, suggested days out and information on all the artworks.


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