Top 10 places to visit in Bolton - according to 'couch surfer'

The Bolton News: David Shuttleworth with Nadine Schuble David Shuttleworth with Nadine Schuble

ONE man is helping to up the tourism rate in Bolton — by loaning his couch to travellers.

David Shuttleworth, aged 57, has invited 30 back-packers from all over the world to stay at his home in Hilden Street, The Haulgh, over the last two years through a “couch surfing” website.

He decided to open his home up to guests as he travelled around Eastern Europe on a year-long travelling holiday — after being made redundant in May 2012.

He takes his visitors to local hotspots such as the Fred Dibnah statue and Smithills Hall, before rou-nding the day off with a Carrs Pasty and a pint at Ye Olde Man and Scythe.

His most recent guest, Nadine Schuble, from Freiburg in Germany, stayed at Mr Shuttleworth’s for two nights after backpacking for 10 weeks on couches across the UK.

Mr Shuttleworth said: “I met a guy while travelling who was couch surfing in Berlin and Sicily and I thought it sounded like fun. As soon as I got back I put myself up as a host on CouchSurfing.org.

“I put Manchester as my area on my profile because no one would think of searching for Bolton. But I explain in my description that I’m only a 20-minute journey away and it’s just as easy to come here.

“Most people who come to the North West will see points of interest in Manchester, such as the Hacienda and the football stadiums, whereas I take them that little bit further out and give them a little history lesson.

“Some people just aren’t very well off but want to see the world, and others want to experience the place they visit with a local person so that they get taken to places they wouldn’t normally see.

“Everyone who has stayed has said they enjoyed their time in Bolton. In fact, two from New Zealand who came over on New Year’s Eve to the Dog and Partridge said it was the best New Year’s party they’d ever been to.”

There is no money involved and if “couch surfers” are worried about safety, they can ask for references.

Miss Schuble said: “David took me to the nearby reservoirs for a hike and we had a nice look around the lovely town centre. It’s the best way to meet new, interesting people.”

TOP 10 PLACES DAVID TAKES HIS VISITORS:

 

  1. Ye Olde Man and Scythe
  2. The Dog and Partridge
  3. Fred Dibnah statue
  4. Carrs Pasties
  5. For a full English breakfast
  6. Entwistle Reservoir
  7. Moses Gate Country Park
  8. Smithills Hall
  9. The Strawbury Duck in Turton
  10. Bolton Museum

 

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6:43pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Yoggle says...

Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list,
Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?
Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list, Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street? Yoggle
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7:04pm Thu 17 Jul 14

calvin street says...

A new list for you Mr Shuttleworth
1 The Balmoral , Bolton,s finest
2The Griffin, Bolton,s catch me if you can
3 the Dragonfly, Bolton,s early drinkers
4 Vogue, if only it was
5 Wine Lodge, Bolton,s one parent family dinnertime retreat
6 McCauleys, Yes Miss Schuble, its been boarded up a while
7 the Alma, put your tin hat on
8 Downtown, No hats, no trainers, NOBODY IN
9 Flying Flute, Your flying now Miss Schuble
AND LAST AND DESERVEDLY SO
10 Lush, everyones left, even the cockroaches
A new list for you Mr Shuttleworth 1 The Balmoral , Bolton,s finest 2The Griffin, Bolton,s catch me if you can 3 the Dragonfly, Bolton,s early drinkers 4 Vogue, if only it was 5 Wine Lodge, Bolton,s one parent family dinnertime retreat 6 McCauleys, Yes Miss Schuble, its been boarded up a while 7 the Alma, put your tin hat on 8 Downtown, No hats, no trainers, NOBODY IN 9 Flying Flute, Your flying now Miss Schuble AND LAST AND DESERVEDLY SO 10 Lush, everyones left, even the cockroaches calvin street
  • Score: -4

6:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

biglad44 says...

Good on you Dave your up doing something more than some I could mention. You have a life and your living it
Good on you Dave your up doing something more than some I could mention. You have a life and your living it biglad44
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

Yoggle wrote:
Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list,
Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?
Why would they want to visit you, in the Sewage Works?
It smells.


And dont Blaspheme it's anti social.
[quote][p][bold]Yoggle[/bold] wrote: Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list, Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?[/p][/quote]Why would they want to visit you, in the Sewage Works? It smells. And dont Blaspheme it's anti social. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 9

1:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

mrs philainsy says...

Yoggle wrote:
Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list,
Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?
Yoggle, these are not good suggestions, really!!

Do you work at the Dog Food Factory and are trying to drum up trade?

If you are not going to take these news stories seriously, go and read the Beano.

I do sympathise with you living on Lever St though.

Bless.
[quote][p][bold]Yoggle[/bold] wrote: Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list, Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?[/p][/quote]Yoggle, these are not good suggestions, really!! Do you work at the Dog Food Factory and are trying to drum up trade? If you are not going to take these news stories seriously, go and read the Beano. I do sympathise with you living on Lever St though. Bless. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 4

1:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yoggle says...

Farnworth Lady wrote:
Yoggle wrote:
Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list,
Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?
Why would they want to visit you, in the Sewage Works?
It smells.


And dont Blaspheme it's anti social.
Lol!x
[quote][p][bold]Farnworth Lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yoggle[/bold] wrote: Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list, Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?[/p][/quote]Why would they want to visit you, in the Sewage Works? It smells. And dont Blaspheme it's anti social.[/p][/quote]Lol!x Yoggle
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Yoggle says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
Yoggle wrote:
Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list,
Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?
Yoggle, these are not good suggestions, really!!

Do you work at the Dog Food Factory and are trying to drum up trade?

If you are not going to take these news stories seriously, go and read the Beano.

I do sympathise with you living on Lever St though.

Bless.
Lol!x
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yoggle[/bold] wrote: Ye Olde Man and Scythe and The Dog and Partridge are at the top of list, Christ! Why not take visitors to the sewage works and the dog food factory on Lever Street?[/p][/quote]Yoggle, these are not good suggestions, really!! Do you work at the Dog Food Factory and are trying to drum up trade? If you are not going to take these news stories seriously, go and read the Beano. I do sympathise with you living on Lever St though. Bless.[/p][/quote]Lol!x Yoggle
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Beckyw says...

I went 'Couch Surfing' around Estonia, Russia and the Ukraine. It saved us a fortune and we met some great people
I went 'Couch Surfing' around Estonia, Russia and the Ukraine. It saved us a fortune and we met some great people Beckyw
  • Score: 5

7:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

cider 'ouse entourage says...

Good on ya Dave, you're a top fella! Might see ya at the next Cider 'ouse Jam Nite with some of your guests???
Good on ya Dave, you're a top fella! Might see ya at the next Cider 'ouse Jam Nite with some of your guests??? cider 'ouse entourage
  • Score: 2
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