: Winter in Springtime
14th May 2010
not the ousting of Gordon
Brown (I can mention
his name now!!). The outcome reminds me of the
proverb “beware of what you wish in case it comes true”
although I can’t say that I exactly wished for what
appears to have come true in that regard!
I refer to the advent of a new generation
in the family:
delayed emergence, coupled with another
outpouring of volcanic ash, conspired to
keep Margaret and me longer in Germany than
anticipated, hence the dearth of reports
I am delighted to report that Luca, Emma
and Scott are all doing well.
safely back in Blighty, normal service could be resumed.
I looked out of the window at 7 a.m. to see frost on
the lawn in May, today’s target seemed unseasonably
appropriate- Winter Hill. For over fifty years
I have travelled the main road north from Manchester,
past Bolton and seen the mass looming to the east of
the road with its radio masts. I recall from my
childhood the terrible plane crash there. But until
recently, it had not occurred to me that it was actually
worth climbing. However, Bryan had run fell races over
it and spoke of its fine views and Tony favourably recalled
venturing up once during his time in Bolton so it seemed
a good mid way point to meet up with Pete who would
be travelling up from Cheshire.
rendezvous was at Rivington Hall Barn where Tony announced
he had been just a week or so before on his motorbike.
As he presumably knew the way around Lord Leverhulme’s
former country seat, he was allowed to lead us. It
turned out that his detailed knowledge didn’t extend
much beyond the tea rooms so we had to resort to more
traditional means of navigation.
leads the way
the grounds we strode, past Rivington Hall and up the
hill to his lordship’s summer house, the Pigeon Tower.
Pigeon Tower through the Park
that, stood Rivington Pike Tower.
leading to Rivington Pike Tower
Rivington Pike Tower
we climbed, the views become more open over the Lancashire
view opens out
Reebok stadium could be clearly seen.
the Pike, the view across the moor is dominated by the
TV and several other masts but our first objective was
Two Lads’ Hill.
Pike Tower from Two Lads' Hill
at Two Lads' Cairns
vary as to the source of its name. Was it the
scene of the murder of two lads in the early twentieth
century, now marked with one large and two lesser cairns
which are not in the pristine condition they once might
have been? Or are these actually ancient monuments,
as one website suggests, possibly marking the site of
a Saxon burial?
it now seems to be a popular place for ashes to be scattered
and memorials to be etched.
here we crossed to Winter Hill with its multiple masts
and other monuments.
base of the main mast stands at 1,400 feet above sea
level and its top a further 1,035 feet higher. It
pumps out the TV signal to an estimated 6.5 million
hill has been the scene of several aeroplane crashes
but the worst happened in 1958, a couple of years after
the mast was erected. Due to a navigational error,
a Silver City Bristol 170 on its way from the Isle of
Man hit the hill in poor weather, killing 35 people.
The weather was so bad that the people working at the
mast didn't know anything had happened.
they are not forgotten was evidenced by a fresh wreath
and two memorial plaques, one erected on the 50th anniversary.
nearby is Scotsman’s Stump, a strange device commemorating
20 year old George Henderson of Annan who was barbarously
murdered there in 1838.
took a very long leisurely lunch close to the Stump
before finding the trig point that marks the summit
of Winter Hill.
view over Belmont and Delph reservoirs
descent to Hordern Stoops was steep. There we
found a sign to say that Chorley Rivington was twinned
not just with Székesfehévár, wherever
that is, but also the North Pole !! Actually Székesfehévár
is in Hungary.
back to Winter Hill!!
path followed the embryonic River Yarrow across lower
moorlands (in a short but vicious shower) before crossing
farmland to the Deanwood Nature Reserve.
the moors near the River Yarrow
led past the Yarrow Reservoir, where I could not work
out how they had mowed the steep grassy dam banking
to produce horizontal stripes,
beautifully mown Yarrow Reservoir Dam
Hill with Mast, Pike and Tower
final stretch was by the Rivington Reservoir and through
pleasant parkland back to the Barn where many bikers
were now gathered en masse causing Tony great excitement
as they throbbed and vroomed around.
by the reservoir
Hill is an interesting place to visit and open our
eyes to the possibility of other stretches of Lancashire
Hall itself is worthy of being the focus of a day
out. Not necessarily on motorbike. As
Bryan says (he is imminently awaiting membership
of the granddad club) somewhere to take the grandchildren!
14th May 2010
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climbed in feet:
Hill, Rivington Hall
& Stan: 23 Bryan:
7 (all unchanged)
Bryan, Don, Pete, Tony
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