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Located at the foot of the West Pennine Moors, the market town of Chorley has a wealth of history dating back to the Bronze Age, 3,500 years ago!
Pick up a free guide to Chorley’s Heritage Trail, which passes some of the town’s best sights on its hour-long trail. You’ll discover central Astley Park which boasts 43 hectares of well-tended parkland and ancient woods. Then wander along the historic St Mary’s Walk to Chorley Market which has been selling fresh produce since at least 1498. This is the perfect place to try the famous Chorley Cake and sample delicious local cheeses sold by the market’s specialist cheesemongers. Burn off your excesses discovering the beautiful scenery of the surrounding hills.
Climb up to Rivington Pike at Lever Park and reward yourself with breath-taking views of Rivington Reservoir and beyond from this historic Tower, which is reputed to date as far back as 1138. Next door Anglezarke Reservoir is surrounded by heather-clad moorland perfect for gentle walks. Keep your eyes peeled for two Neolithic burial mounds Pikestones, and Round Loaf, visible from the route across Great Hill.
Watch out for Chorley’s exciting line up of fun-packed events held throughout the year including the spectacular floral displays at Chorley Flower Show after its huge success 29-30 July and Chorley Live, the two-day live entertainment event, 6-7 October across various venues in the town.
Or why not treat yourself to the renowned award-winning Fredericks Ice Cream producing only the finest quality ice cream perfected over four generations!
Want to find out about what else Chorley has to offer? Why not check out our feauture in our Visitor Magazine '24 hours in Chorley' for some ideas.