About Rivington

The defacto web site about Rivington in Lancashire, Winter Hill and various places in the glorious West Pennine Moors.

The West Pennine Moors are both breathtakingly beautiful, and a rich source of interest and recreation for many people.

Rivington

Rivington

Rivington

The County Parish of Rivington is quite large and contains the village, most of the “three lakes”, the pike and parts of Winter Hill as far as the River Douglas near Horwich.

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Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike

All about Rivington Pike, a prominent hill above the town of Horwich in Lancashire, topped by an easily recognizable tower on site of an ancient beacon fire.

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Rivington Terraced Gardens

Rivington Terraced Gardens

Rivington Terraced Gardens

The ruins of Lord Leverhulme’s terraced gardens at Rivington, known to locals as the Chinese Gardens.

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The Rivington Reservoirs

The Rivington Reservoirs

The Rivington Reservoirs

All about the Rivington Reservoirs, the Three Lakes, Yarrow Reservoir and Anglezarke with maps and information.

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Winter Hill

Winter Hill

Winter Hill

The highest point for miles and just short of a mountain, Winter Hill is a key part of the West Pennine Moors and a habitat for a huge range of wildlife. With evidence of occupation going back literally thousands of years there is plenty of history on and under the hill. Winter Hill was also the site of a historic mass trespass that gave us open access to much of the moorland today.

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Anglezarke

Anglezarke

Anglezarke

Anglezarke is a large moorland area north of Winter Hill with plenty to explore from prehistoric monuments and archaeological remains, to nature trails and lakeside walks

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Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge is a small village that was built to house the workforce of the Dean Mills

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Lead Mines Clough

Lead Mines Clough

Lead Mines Clough

Lead Mines Clough is a great area to explore, with everything from excellent scenery and plenty of wildlife to lead mines and ancient fossil beds

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Delph Hill

Delph Hill

Delph Hill

Delph Hill is a little area located on the lower southern slopes of Winter Hill, on the outskirts of Bolton on the old toll road from Bolton to Chorley. Once the site of houses, a mine and associated fireclay works, quarries and more.

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Red Moss

Red Moss

Red Moss

Wildlife oasis and industrial archaeology paradise, Red Moss is a huge wetland area to explore

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Roddlesworth Woods

Roddlesworth Woods

Roddlesworth Woods

Roddlesworth Woods is a real gem for walking and wildlife, one of the top dog walking spots in the area

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White Coppice

White Coppice

White Coppice

A picturesque little village with its own cricket pitch, also a gateway to diverse and excellent walks, a large prehistoric mound and easy lead mine explores.

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Turton

Turton

Turton

Some of the best looking reservoirs in the area are here, historic monuments, wide open moorland vistas and at least a couple of prehistoric monuments.

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Haslingden Grane

Haslingden Grane

Haslingden Grane

Really nice industrial archaeology and great views here, with three picturesque reservoirs offering a fairly flat walk - in comparison to the moorlands above.

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Smithills

Smithills

Smithills

An area of north Bolton, site of the historic Smithills Hall and parkland, some great industrial archaeology and a small nature trail.

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Bolton

Bolton

Bolton

The town of Bolton or Bolton le Moors to give its full-name is a town that grew out over the centuries from Little Bolton, a town that dates back to at least medieval times and probably beyond. The old town of Little Bolton was just north of the current “Town Hall Square”, which is generally assumed to be the centre of Bolton.

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Burnt Edge

Burnt Edge

Burnt Edge

Burnt Edge is a continuation of the valley of the Dean Brook as it rises to the higher slopes of Winter Hill. Featuring great moorland views out over Bolton and hills of Yorkshire and Derbyshire, together with tons of industrial archaeology.

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Burnt Edge Colliery

Burnt Edge Colliery

Burnt Edge Colliery

The ruins and remains of an old coal mining colliery and brickworks on the moorland below Burnt Edge.

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Winter Hill

Winter Hill

Winter Hill

The highest point for miles and just short of a mountain, Winter Hill is a key part of the West Pennine Moors and a habitat for a huge range of wildlife. With evidence of occupation going back literally thousands of years there is plenty of history on and under the hill. Winter Hill was also the site of a historic mass trespass that gave us open access to much of the moorland today.

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Walker Fold

Walker Fold

Walker Fold

An excellent area for walking and wildlife situated around a glacial valley with great scenery and plenty to explore from open moorland to mixed woodland trails.

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Walker Fold Woods

Walker Fold Woods

Walker Fold Woods

A woodland trail following Dean Brook down the valley with excellent wildlife from lizards to wild deer.

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Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike

All about Rivington Pike, a prominent hill above the town of Horwich in Lancashire, topped by an easily recognizable tower on site of an ancient beacon fire.

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The Japanese Lake

The Japanese Lake

The Japanese Lake

The Japanese Lake was the centre-piece of Leverhulme’s Japanese Garden. A tranquil lake with ornamental lanterns and a pagoda in mock-Japanese style, a bridge reminiscent of the famous Willow Pattern and waterfalls over a man-made rock wall with small caves.

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The Dovecote Tower

The Dovecote Tower

The Dovecote Tower

A former summer house built by Leverhulme for his wife. Known locally as the Pigeon Tower, this tower never did house doves but stands adjacent to the dovecote.

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The Dovecote

The Dovecote

The Dovecote

This stretch of wall adjacent to the tower was converted to a dovecote by Leverhulme, you can still see the ‘pigeonholes’ in the wall.

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