Sunday, 11th January 2009

             

      

 

Walk: Rivington Pike, Two Lads cairns,  Winter Hill, Belmont, Hordern Stoops, Lead Mines Clough, Yarrow Reservoir
Start Point: Great House Barn, Rivington Grid Reference: SD 628 139
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 2,100 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: A light shower early on then dry with a cool breeze at times
Comments: A grand total of 16 people took part in the walk today, 4 of these being visitors from the Chorley area. Climbing through the terraced gardens to Rivington Pike we were disappointed to find that the rain clouds had arrived and thought they may stay with us for the rest of the day. However, by the time we reached the Two Lads cairns we were able to enjoy our coffee stop in dry weather. From here it was an easy walk, mainly along a tarmac road, past the masts to the trig point. Rallying the troops it was time for a group shot before taking the sometimes muddy track down to the A675. The benches in the Church yard made for a very civilised lunch spot - apologies to those who didn't make it in time to claim a bench before they were all taken!!! Leaving Belmont we headed up to Hordern Stoops where we turned right and down to Higher and Lower Hempshaw's. Disregarding the path ahead as marked on the map (an extremely boggy section), we detoured on a well made track and continued on to Lead Mine's Clough and Alance Bridge. Walking up the road (the operative word being UP), we soon turned off onto a path down to the Yarrow Reservoir, through the woods and back to the cars.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Lots of steps to navigate as we head up through the terraced gardens . . .

 

to the Pigeon Tower, the top floor of which was a small sitting room overlooking the boating lake and used as a sewing room by Lady Lever

 

Originally a Beacon with records dating back to 1280, Rivington Pike Tower was built in 1733 as a shooting lodge for Squire John Andrews

 

Heading up to Two Lads where, reportedly, two cairns were built to commemorated the tragic death of two young men

 

Lots of rocks to sit on for a coffee break . . .

 

but we prefer the shelter of the larger cairn

 

What a colourful bunch we are - on Winter Hill

 

The main road in Belmont stands out clearly from our descent . . .

 

which leads through a small section of woodland before reaching the A675

 

The benches in the church yard . . .

 

provide an excellent place . . .

 

to stop for lunch

 

Leaving Belmont . . .

 

Mandy has time for a wave as she navigates the stile . . .

 

and we re-group before walking a short section on the road . . .

 

before heading down to Higher and Lower Hempshaw's

 

Ice sheets cling to the bank - much higher than the present level of the water

 

Some of the group take time to discuss the Yarrow reservoir . . .

 

whilst others head quickly down to the woods

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