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Rivington & Anglezarke / 1 day / 18 miles (29km)

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Date: 09 Jun 2003
Start / Finish: NW end of Horwich, roadside 636124.
Maps: Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.

Day 1Rivington & Anglezarke18 miles / 2420 feet (29km / 737m)

Winter Hill 456m is another Marilyn we have often seen from the car but never climbed and this route is a pleasant tour of these moors and reservoirs.

Day 1 - Rivington & Anglezarke

From the road a track leaves R on the R of the school and bends L uphill with ever improving views. It bends sharp R to another track at Brown Hill and L to Rivington Pike where the views are remarkable for such a short climb. A damp walk NE leads to the access track to Winter Hill where we turned L to the trig point which lies to the R of the track. Although the views were clear at ground level the top of the mast was in swirling mist.

W from Rivington track
W from Rivington track (09 Jun 2003__07:42:35)
Rivington Pike
Rivington Pike (09 Jun 2003__07:45:23)
Winter Hill mast crowned in mist
Winter Hill mast crowned in mist (09 Jun 2003__08:21:12)

We then followed the line of the county boundary N over Redmonds Edge to Great Hill where a path ascends NE to the A675 and continues on the far side by the River Roddlesworth. Turning W at 659210 we followed footpaths encircling Withnell Moor, passing above Wheelton plantation and arriving at the footbridge at 632191 where a path descends W towards the reservoirs. Easy paths and tracks lead S along the shores to The Castle and Rivington Lodge, where heading generally SE through a maze of paths we arrived back at the road.

Mallard & ducklings on Anglezarke reservoir
Mallard & ducklings on Anglezarke reservoir (09 Jun 2003__14:32:20)
Anglezarke reservoir #3
Anglezarke reservoir #3 (09 Jun 2003__14:38:29)
Anglezarke reservoir #4
Anglezarke reservoir #4 (09 Jun 2003__14:41:20)
Canada geese on Anglezarke reservoir
Canada geese on Anglezarke reservoir (09 Jun 2003__15:03:45)