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The pleasant town of Poynton is positioned between Macclesfield and Manchester and has notable mining heritage which once meant they owned the largest coalfield in Cheshire. Coal was mined under the leadership of Lords Vernon from 1832 until the colliery closed in 1935. There are 8 enjoyable walking trails to follow varying in difficulty which depart from and return to the Rangers Visitors Centre at Nelson Pit in Higher Poynton.


Tie in your museum visit with an experiential train ride on the East Lancashire Railway Station. From Rawtenstall, this 12.5 mile heritage railway line travels to Heywood, Bury and Ramsbottom. On the daily timetable are diesel and steam locomotives and the fares are reasonably priced. Keep an eye out on the regular activities held on the trains as there are many family friendly things to do with the East Lancashire Railway.


Ski Rossendale is an outdoor activity centre with 3 artificial ski slopes for skiing and snowboarding. The main slope is 200 metres and caters for all ages and abilities and there is a cafe for refreshments. Daily tickets are well priced and spectators are free of charge.