Places to visit and explore in the West Pennine Moors, with special attention to the Rivington, and Winter Hill areas plus a few extra surrounding areas that I think are not-to-be-missed.
This section is a location based list where you can drill-down to specific data, I’ve included lat/long and Google map positions for most places but this is an approximation in most cases.
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.
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.