Moss Bank Park

barrow bridge waterfall

Barrow Bridge Village

Barrow Bridge and surrounding areas are a lovely area which is a short walk from Moss Bank Park, the country side and views are well known for walkers and hikers alike.

Barrow Bridge Rd

Barrow Bridge was a busy village housing three cotton spinning mills, these mills were built in three separate areas of the village and which all have been demolished over 100 years ago.

Lords Mill

Built in 1863 for Halliwell Bleach Works is the 365ft chimney and is the only commercial building that still stands to this day though the chimney was not associated to the cotton spinning mills.

Barrow Bridge is a conservation area, the three sets of remaining houses leading to the 63 steps are picturesque they are all of different sizes and designs, they are stone built and have their own little bridge crossing over Dean Brook get to each one.

Bridge over the water

This area and the houses still look beautiful even on a rainy day!

Bridge of the water 2

Just before the 63 steps are some beautiful waterfalls

Dave at the falls Barrow Bridge Falls

Barrow Bridge’s 63 steps

These stone steps are famously known by local and not so local people, the workers at the cotton mills would have used these steps daily to get to work, and they now head up to fields and walking areas of the West Pennine Moors. Please be aware that there are a lot of steps (hence there name) are not for the faint-hearted, these worn down stone steps can feel like they go on forever, luckily there is a bench at the top for you to sit on and get your breath back 🙂

63 steps


Barrow Bridge Road
off Moss Bank Way
Bolton, Lancashire

Moss Bank Fairground

Moss Bank Park and its Surrounding Attractions

Moss Bank Park has been a popular park for children and adults for many years, for the children is a play area with climbing frames, sand pit, swings and playing fields.

More attractions for the kids are a small fairground with a roller-coaster, pitch and put and a mini steam train which are open on a number of events during the curse of the year.

For adults and children there is over 24 hectares parkland, which has great open space of great walking and picnic areas there is a new and updated outside tennis court.

Walled GardenYou can walk around the small Victorian walled garden



Moss Bank Park was popular and fondly known for a small zoo called Animal World which also had a tropical butterfly house which you could walk through and up close and personal with the butterflies. Sadly they were closed down by Bolton Council in September 2013 due to budget cuts.

Walking from Moss Bank park you can head for the chimney over the fields and have a nice walk a round Barrow Bridge Village.

Head to the chimney

Bolton Rock Garden in Moss Bank Park

Another local attraction at Moss bank Park is the Rock Garden.

This small area of multi-level garden, was discovered and brought back to its former glory by volunteers, it was re-opened for visitors in July 2012

Rock Garden Stand

Waterfalls from the above gardens into the rocky pond in the low level garden.

Moss Bank Park Rock Garden Pond

You can walk up rocky steps, gravel trails and over a great looking little red bridge over water trail.

Rock Gardens Bridge 2

this bridge lead to a smaller top pond, which is where the higher waterfalls start from.

Rock Gardens Bridge

Due to its nature and design this may not be for all people

Moss Bank Park Address

Moss Bank Way

01204 334050