Sunday, 18th March 2018

Walk: Terraced Gardens, Pigeon Tower, Winter Hill, Rivington Reservoir
Start Point: Road to Hall Barn, Rivington Grid Reference: SD 631 142
Distance: 8.8 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Overnight snowfall, below freezing, strong easterly winds. (Mini Beast from the East)
Comments: 9  walkers set out from the access road up to Hall Barn. A gentle climb up to the barn took us on the pathway into the central area of the remains of  the family home of Lord  Leverhulme. All now that remains are the bases of the numerous buildings situated on the site, and the multi level gardens which were a feature of the property layout. We climbed out from the remains up to the Pigeon Tower where we stopped for coffee. Onwards out onto the open moor to pass close to the Rivington communications mast I’m afraid the strong easterly winds did not allow much for sight seeing as it was heads down and a battle against the strong headwinds. We turned for a welcolme wind at our backs and a pathway taking us downward to a derelict property where we stopped for lunch. The route getting now easier and gentle, dropping to a level to start our circular of the Rivington Reservoir, with easy walking on good pathways back to our start at the road to Hall Barn. A great days walking despite the weather, no mud and no rain or snow, thanks to Richard for a good day out.

Getting ready

Gently does it

All safely at the top

Entering the gardens

Frozen waterfall

Winter gardens

Rivington from the gardens

Pigeon Tower for coffee

Winter Hill mast

Down gently

Lunch stop

It’s no angel

Homeward bound

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