Sunday, 31st October 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Great Hill, Spitlers Edge, Winter Hill, Two Lads Hill, Rivington Pike, Anglezarke Reservoir
Start Point: White Coppice Cricket Club car park Grid Reference: SD 619 190
Distance: 12.2 miles Ascent: 1,600 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A dull but dry day
Comments: 7 left White Coppice to climb Great Hill on quite a mild day with high cloud. White Coppice has in its time been home to farm workers, quarry men and from the mid 19th Century mill workers. The path up Great Hill takes you through a small clump of trees and the remains of Drinkwater farm on the old pack horse trail. It is quite surprising the minerals that have been mined up here in the past i.e. coal, bayretes (used in paper making), witherite (used in medicines), lead and a small amount of copper.

From Great Hill we headed off to Winter Hill. In ancient time’s long before it became a transmitter station, this hill was used by the people of Rivington as a place of open air worship. It is also said that the Hill like Noon Hill in front of the pike and Round Loaf on Anglezarke moor could be Stone Age burial grounds.

The tallest mast which lights up at night to warn aircraft is a Transmitter Station mast. The other smaller masts are for the police and fire service.

From here we set off for Rivington Pike which is built on the site where an ancient beacon used to be. In times of trouble the beacons all across the country were lit and sent the message which was very much like a primitive news system. The earliest mention of the beacon fire was during the Elizabethan 1st reign (1588) to tell of the invasion threat of the Spanish Armada. The present tower is a renovation of the tower built by John Andrews in 1733.

From Rivington Pike we dropped down through Rivington Terraced garden to Rivington from where we skirted Anglezark reservoir back to White Coppice.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Ready to set off

 

1963, and standing the test of time . . .

 

as a jogger (the one in shorts!) passes the rest of our party

 

Karen gives some explanations on Great Hill . . .

 

then it's across the flags . . .

 

to Winter Hill - and more information

 

Scotsman's Stump commemorates the murder of George Henderson in 1838 . . .

 

and a new sign reminds us of one of several air disasters around Winter Hill

 

For those who like facts and figures

 

Two Lads - the cairns on Wilders Moor where two young men supposedly went missing mysteriously in the early 20th century

 

Across Pike Cottage garden to Rivington Pike . . .

 

and we pass the front of the cottage

 

on our way to . . .

 

Rivington Pike . . .

 

where we gather for a photo . . .

 

before passing the Pigeon Tower . . .

 

to a find a comfortable spot . . .

 

with a good view

 

Leaving Rivington Village . . .

 

we head past the reservoirs, admiring the autumn colours . . .

 

and reflections on the way

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