Horwich is a medium sized town in the North West of England. The town lies just on the outskirts of Bolton and is in the Greater Manchester area. The town has a population of around twenty thousand people and has quite a varied community. Horwich used to be part of Lancashire and was known as a hunting chase way back in the Middle Ages, during the industrial revolution this town started to thrive as a small industrial town. Although Horwich is not really thought of as a tourist destination there are plenty of things to see and do both in the town itself and in the surrounding area.
The centre of Horwich is quite small but there are a few nice little shops to wander around. There are a couple of nice antique shops and a few more practical shops. Plus there is everything you would expect in a town of this size. The town has several pubs near the centre, one of the most popular ones is The Bridge which often gets very busy and tends to have a good atmosphere. There is often live music in some of the pubs in the town centre and there is always plenty going on over the weekend.
Horwich has a good sized swimming pool and a leisure centre where you can get involved in various sports ranging from badminton to table tennis. Just on the outskirts of Horwich is the Middlebrook retail park. This is the home of Bolton Wanderers and the Rebook Stadium. There are also lots of large shops and stores, a large sports centre and some other things worth visiting. The large Vue cinema is one of the best cinemas in the area and there are twelve large screens showing all the latest movies. There is also a very good ten pin bowling alley that is great fun and worth a visit if you are in the area.
Just to the North of the town is Rivington Pike. This is a beautiful area with hills, valleys, lakes and woodland. There are some wonderful areas for walking up here and some great views if you walk up any of the hills. One of the best places to visit at Rivington is Go Ape. This is a large adventure playground set up in the tree tops. You get strapped into a harness then connected to some safety equipment and then basically swing, jump and climb from tree to tree on different wooden platforms. This is a great afternoon adventure and highly recommended, although you do need a certain level of fitness and a head for heights.
There are plenty of other nice places to visit around the town of Horwich. Bolton is a large town that is just a few miles away and then of course there is Manchester which is one of the countries largest cities and always has something going on there. Horwich also has lots of nice little villages surrounding it that can be very nice to have a look round and enjoy the scenery. So although Horwich will not win any awards for being a beautiful town that attracts millions of visitors, it does have plenty to offer anyone visiting the area.