Sunday, 4th December 2016

Walk: Great Hill, Winter Hill, Two Lads, Rivington Country Park
Start Point: White Coppice Grid Reference: SD 619 190
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Dry, Sunny ,clear blue skies , slight chilly breeze on tops
Comments:

A great day for walking on the moors above Rivington. Usual suspects out today plus a member from Chorley…Jim .  A circular route from White Coppice familiar to all but worthwhile on a clear December morning. A bracing ascent up Great Hill and a brisk ramble across Spitlers Edge taking us to morning break as we descended to Rivington Road.  We continued onto Winter Hill  via Belmont Road and the path up Noon Hill Slack. The fabulous weather had brought everyone out …walkers, runners, bikers, dogs….. what a great place to be….. From Winter Hill, following the road, we made our descent diverting off to gather at Two Lads, views over Bolton and Manchester beyond.  Heading off on the homeward leg we took lunch at Pike Cottage. Our route back took us through Rivington Country Park, past Rivington Reservoirs Upper and Lower, Yarrow Reservoir and finally Anglezarke before the final stretch back to White Coppice. 

Ascending from White Coppice . . .

it's a beautiful morning

A gathering by the Ramblers sign on footpath no 2?

Joe’s Cup, a Memorial to Joe, a Local Fell Runner . . .

Robb replaces the cup as the group checks out . . .

the more recent additions

Coming over the brow on Great Hill . . .

to another Gathering at the summit

On Spitlers Edge … who’s the lady in Pink ??

2 minutes are up

Red Rose Trig on Winter Hill

Taking the views at the Two Lads . . .

and zooming in on Rivington Pike

Lunch is taken below Pike Cottage . . .

where Robb shows off the new backpack cover for the back marker

Crossing the River Douglas . . .

there are just a few steps to climb

An easy path takes us through Lever Park

Beside Anglezarke Reservoir . . .

there seems to be some fruit on the trees . . .

but we need more than 1 for apple pie!

Another view of Anglezarke reservoir . . .

and again from further along the route

where two autumn trees provide a perfect photo

The water must be extremely low for these mud banks to be seen . . .

near Waterman's Cottage

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