Thursday, 8th January 2009


Walk: Lever Park Terraced Gardens, Pigeon Tower, Rivington Pike, Pike Cottage, Lever Park
Start Point: Great House Barn Grid Ref: SD 629 139
Distance: 4 miles Ascent: 840 feet
Weather: A clear day initially but with a cloud inversion by the time I got up to the Pike meant that I descended into mist as I returned to the car
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: There was quite a lot of ice still around, especially on some of the steps in the terraced gardens. The cloud inversion that I saw from the Pike covered the area south of Chorley.


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One of the paths in the Terraced Gardens


Ascending the terraces there are a number of garden features . . .


including a shelter . . .


from where the mist can be seen creeping towards the reservoirs


The pigeon tower with the semi-circular spine that holds the spiral staircase


The top floor of the Pigeon Tower held a small sitting room overlooking the boating lake and may have been used as a sewing room by Lady Lever


From Rivington Pike the full expanse of the cloud inversion can be seen


On the horizon one of the Two Lads cairns can just be seen


The short route to Winter Hill


Rivington Pike was erected in 1733 a hunting lodge used by Squire John Andrews. Due to erosion the foundations can be seen with the door 40 inches above soil level


Looking back to Rivington Pike


Crossing the River Douglas on its way to join the Lower Rivington Reservoir

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