- Range Walking Club
- Saturday 13th December 1980-Lancashire-Rivington
- The next outing for the walking group is to be held on Saturday, 13th
December. Details of the two routes being offered are set out below. If
you would like to attend this walk, please fill in the attached slip and
return it to Mr Farthing in room 4 as soon as possible but certainly by
Wednesday, 3rd December. Cost will be £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for
children. The coach will leave school at 8.45 a.m. and should return
between 6.00 and 6.30 p.m.
- The walks will be in the Belmont, Winter Hill, Rivington area of the Pennines,
a few miles North of Bolton. They will start from the same point, and make
for the little village of Belmont. Rivington, where the walks will end, is
a popular recreational area. Many of the surrounding moorlands, and
Rivington itself, were owned by the North West Water Authority, who
operate eight reservoirs. - Belmont, which walkers will cross, three at
Rivington, and four more a little further North. At one time Liverpool
obtained most of its water from Rivington, but that now serves the nearby
towns, and Merseyside water comes from North Wales. The walks will end at
Rivington Lower Barn, where refreshments and toilets will be available.
Since the walks involve crossing open moorland, and ground which may be
wet and muddy, with a possibility of snow and ice, warm clothing and
waterproofs must be taken. Boots are strongly recommended for the 'B'
party and essential for the 'A' party.
- The walk will start from a point near the Delph Reservoir, and follow
the road alongside woodlands for a short distance. The party will then
turn towards Turton Moor, along the course of an old mining tramway. After
this the party will proceed round the shoulder of Longworth Moor, which is
wet, rough and 'has no paths. This section is not very long though, and a
good track is reached leading to a farm. The farm road then takes the
party to Belmont Reservoir. Footpaths are followed for the next mile or so
through fields, to the foot of Winter Hill. The climb to the summit
involves an ascent of 600 or 700 ft up a gently sloping path, which could
be very wet. on top of the hill is the Radio and T.V. station, and the
tremendously high transmission mast. If we encounter freezing conditions,
a detour will have to be made across the moors to keep out of range of
falling ice! A gentle descent by track and path, offering extensive views
ahead and below, leads to Rivington Pike with its tower on top of a very
steep mound. A short walk from there brings the party to the Dove Cot,
built by Lord Leverhulme. The final section of the walk is the descent
through the extensive ornamental gardens, laid out in terraces and
belonging to the Bungalow, a large private residence of Lord Leverhulme.
The Bungalow was burned down by the suffragettes.
Distance: Approx 10 miles
Leaders: Mr Ferguson and Mr Kennedy
- Starting from the same point as the 'A' party, the walkers will follow a
country lane for a short distance, before diverting up a good track,
beside woodlands at first, then on to the open moorland. After some
distance, they will reach the point where the 'A' party join the same
track, and the route is the same as far as Belmont Reservoir. It then
diverges from the 'A' route, crosses the dam, and passes the Belmont Yacht
Club. Roads, track, and a muddy path lead gently uphill. Then a cobbled
road will be followed round the shoulder of Winter Hill, offering splendid
views if the weather is kind, to the Dove Cot at the top of the terraced
gardens. The remainder of the walk is the same as the 'A' party, though
there may be more time to enjoy the gardens.
Distance: Approx 7-8 miles
Leader: Mr Ryan