Rivington Pike

by Monographical Uk November. 08, 2018 164 views

It's a landmark for all to see, nestled on the fringes of the West Pennine Moors and providing

the area with a fantastic outdoor attraction.

Rivington itself, is a small village, a very small village with around 110 inhabitants, but it is well known due to the Pike and the roads that surround it. Horwich and Bolton are much larger neighbours and if you are anywhere in the vicinity, you won't fail to spot the imposing Pike sat on the summit of Winter Hill.

Even as you drive further away into West Lancashire, you will never be too far away from the hill and the views.

The Pike and the TV mast dominate the local landscape, even in the evenings when the mast is lit up with red lights.

Many people will take the easier route and summit a good part of Winter Hill by the main road that goes over the top - Sheep House Lane - known for it steepness in sections and for its length, running from Rivington, up and over and down into Belmont on the other side.

The road offers some stunning views if you can look back, you can see a massive chunk of West Lancashire and on a clear day you can see the Fylde Coast, Blackpool Tower and off to the left, the Welsh Hills.

Of course though, most days are dull, rainy and generally grey - it is Lancashire after all.

I have ridden this road thousands of times on my bike, and this is the view that I have always hated the most, the straight road, to the lonely tree on the hairpin bend.

The road here is at a gradient of around 14% which steps up to 22% on the bend, it really is a leg breaker.

When you are up there on the hills, you look back and see what dominates the landscape at ground level and you can be sure that it will be Lower Rivington Reservoir which was built between 1852-1857 and remains an amazing sight.

This is the view from up on high looking down to the Anderton Centre.

The locals always have a fondness for the Pike and it attracts visitors from all over the region and with such great views as these, you can see why.

I will see you soon on the summit!

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