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Date: 09 Jun 2003
Start / Finish: NW end of Horwich, roadside 636124.
Maps: Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
|Day 1||Rivington & Anglezarke||18 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.
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.
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.