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.

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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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 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

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

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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Noon Hill

Noon Hill

High on the summit of the often foreboding 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 possesion of Bolton Museum. This site is rumoured to have been put to use in more recent times as a secret meeting place for persecuted Christians.

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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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Moses Gate Country Park

Moses Gate Country Park

Moses Gate Country Park is located to the southeast of Bolton, not far from the centre of town. Easy for a quick visit with ample parking and all the usual park features, play area for kids, pleasant lodges to stroll around and a bunch of extended walks following the River Croal and the disused but partially restored Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal.

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