Friday, 19th September 2008


Walk: Rivington Great Barn, Terraced Gardens, Rivington Pike, Noon Hill, Spitlers Edge, Great Hill, White Coppice, Anglezarke Reservoir, Rivington
Start Point: Great Barn Grid Ref: SD 628 138
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Weather: A dull morning with the some sun towards the end of the walk
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: An easy route up to Rivington Pike through the terraced gardens. The diversion to Noon Hill is a welcome relief from the stony Belmont Road track. Noon Hill is a Bronze Age round cairn topped by a more recent cairn of uncertain age. The round cairn was excavated in the 1950's/60's and yielded several cremations and funery ornaments now in the possession of Bolton Museum. After crossing Rivington Road many diversions are needed to avoid the 'boggy bits'. The wall on Spitler's Edge eventually becomes a footpath and this leads onto the flagged section of this route. From Great Hill it is an easy jaunt down to White Coppice where lots of benches have been provided for a lunch stop - or to watch cricket if there is a match in progress! The return the route past the reservoirs is an easy, fairly level walk.


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Heading up through the terraced gardens . . .


you can read about how the area first developed . . .


and the problems experienced a few years ago


The Japanese Gardens - not very 'Japanese' looking


I wonder what the porthole was for?


Rivington Pike


The Pigeon Tower


The cairn on Noon Hill . . .


and the burial mound that it sits on


Boggy ground runs alongside the wall on Spitlers Edge . . .


but eventually there is a paved path . . .


which leads to the shelter on Great Hill


Heading down to White Coppice . . .


with its picturesque cricket pitch


Waterman's Cottage built by the Liverpool Corporation Waterworks


A good place for afternoon tea . . .


on the edges of Anglezarke Reservoir


Blurred reflections in High Bullough Reservoir


Anglezarke Reservoir from the Southern end


Just past Yarrow Reservoir Rivington Pike and the pigeon tower come back into view


The car park is overflowing with cars and bikers - 2pm on a Friday!

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