It is believed that the name Horwich comes from the Old English “haran wican” meaning the “grey witch elms” & Bronze Age burial sites found in the hills around the town show evidence of occupation in ancient times. The name Blackrod is derived from the Old English, and means a black, or bleak, clearing in a forest.
On the outskirts of Greater Manchester these two towns are surrounded by greenbelt. Horwich is often called the entrance to the West Pennine Moors and Rivington Pike, and the grounds of Lord Leverhulme’s old estate, with their lakes and gardens straddle the boundary with Chorley.
The Middlebrook retail park, and the Bolton Wanderers stadium are also situated on the outskirts, approximately three miles from the town centre, so there is plenty for the whole family to do.