Explore the West Pennine Moors

Places to Explore Around Rivington, Winter Hill and the West Pennine Moors

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 County Parish of Rivington is quite large and contains the village, most of the “three lakes”, the pike and parts of Winter Hill as far as the River Douglas near Horwich.

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.

Rivington Terraced Gardens

The ruins of Lord Leverhulme’s terraced gardens at Rivington, known to locals as the Chinese Gardens.

The Rivington Reservoirs

All about the Rivington Reservoirs, the Three Lakes, Yarrow Reservoir and Anglezarke with maps and information.

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.


Anglezarke is a large moorland area north of Winter Hill with plenty to explore from prehistoric monuments and archaeological remains, to nature trails and lakeside walks

Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge is a small village that was built to house the workforce of the Dean Mills

Lead Mines Clough

Lead Mines Clough is a great area to explore, with everything from excellent scenery and plenty of wildlife to lead mines and ancient fossil beds

Delph Hill

Delph Hill is a little area located on the lower southern slopes of Winter Hill, on the outskirts of Bolton on the old toll road from Bolton to Chorley. Once the site of houses, a mine and associated fireclay works, quarries and more.

Red Moss

Wildlife oasis and industrial archaeology paradise, Red Moss is a huge wetland area to explore

Roddlesworth Woods

Roddlesworth Woods is a real gem for walking and wildlife, one of the top dog walking spots in the area

White Coppice

A picturesque little village with its own cricket pitch, also a gateway to diverse and excellent walks, a large prehistoric mound and easy lead mine explores.


Some of the best looking reservoirs in the area are here, historic monuments, wide open moorland vistas and at least a couple of prehistoric monuments.

Haslingden Grane

Really nice industrial archaeology and great views here, with three picturesque reservoirs offering a fairly flat walk - in comparison to the moorlands above.


An area of north Bolton, site of the historic Smithills Hall and parkland, some great industrial archaeology and a small nature trail.


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.

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