Sunday, 21st February 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Rivington Great House Barn, The Castle, Rivington Pike, Belmont Road, Spitlers Edge, Great Hill, Round Loaf, Lead Mines Valley, Yarrow Reservoir
Start Point: Rivington Great House Barn Grid Reference: SD 630 141
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A fresh covering of snow had arrived and this was added to during the walk.
Comments: Six people braved the early morning snow covered roads to arrive at a resplendent looking Rivington. With no takers for a turn on the Go Ape rope way extravaganza, we set off to the mock Liverpool castle accompanied by intermittent snow flurries. We then headed up to Rivington Pike, with the views spoilt by the mist. A brew was taken at the Pigeon Loft then two of the party returned to the car park - for coffees and a little retail therapy. The rest of us carried on over the ever deepening snow covered moor to Great Hill for lunch at the shelter - whilst more snow came down. Then it was over the moor and down into Lead Mine Valley, followed by a short walk back to the cars.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

A winter wonderland greets us . . .

 

as we gather at Rivington Country Park . . .

 

and head past Rivington Lower Reservoir . . .

 

with views almost in monochrome

 

The Lord and Lady enter the Castle . . .

 

to join the 'underlings' . . .

 

surveying the view across the reservoir

 

Time to continue . . .

 

along one of the many footpaths . . .

 

that make their way through the Park

 

Not much food to be found here . . .

 

but the farmer has made suitable provision

 

A Christmas card scene . . .

 

as we make our way . . .

 

up to Rivington Pike

 

The Pigeon Tower provides seats for our morning stop . . .

 

but the view is a misty one

 

Leaving two of the party to return to the cars (due to a previous injury), we make our way along the Belmont Road . . .

 

and head towards Great Hill . . .

 

making our way through . . .

 

another wintry scene . . .

 

through the mist . . .

 

and past frozen streams

 

Approaching the top of Lead Mines Valley

 

The spillway into . . .

 

the Yarrow Reservoir

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