Sunday, 27th January 2013

Walk: Rivington, Lever Castle, Horwich, Winter Hill & Rivington Pike
Start Point: Rivington Grid Reference: SD 625 143
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: Dry and sunny with clear blue sky
Comments:

Ten left the car park quite flabbergasted at our good fortune. The heavy rain had now stopped and the sky was bright blue as we set off following Lower Rivington reservoir to Lever castle at Coblowe. From the castle we continued to head south towards Horwich before turning north to start our climb steadily up Winter hill. It was from here that the ground conditions deteriorated rapidly. With all the heavy rain of the previous day and the milder temperatures now melting much of the snow we walked almost all the remaining day in ankle deep slush and water. This was certainly a walk to test how waterproof our boots were!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Setting out from the car park on a snowy/icy track

 

Beth and Kath with Karen (the hat) on the way to . . .

 

Lancaster Castle

 

The archway at Lancaster Castle leading to . . .

 

the inside . . .

 

with views of Rivington Pike and Winter Hill

 

Beth and Kath with Karen (the hat) . . .

 

join the rest of the group for a photo

 

An information board tells the story of the Castle

 

Then it's back on the track . . .

 

which is still in an icy grip

 

The River Douglas is swollen with meltwater but . . .

 

fortunately there is a bridge . . .

 

accessed by icy steps

 

which Beth and Kath descend carefully

 

Heading towards the fish ponds near Horwich . . .

 

which are frozen over today

 

Then it's over Smithills Moor

 

Negotiating a swollen stream . . .

 

to find a sheltered spot for lunch . . .

 

before continuing on to Winter Hill

 

The paths are still frozen up here . . .

 

as we make our way past the TV mast which dominates Winter Hill

 

Continuing on to the trig point for a group photo

 

Belmont village comes into view past the snowdrift (The church is in the bottom left part of the picture)

 

It's a tricky descent as the snow is much thicker on this side . . .

 

as this picture from the bottom shows

 

Some huge snowdrifts can be seen at the side of the track leading up to Rivington Pike . . .

 

and snow covered steps make the descent through Lever Park slower than normal

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