Tue, 2013 Aug 13 12:55 PM British Summer Time
Led by Mike. With Eddie, Gordon, Barry, Maureen and me. Fine and dry after a wet morning. 1 162 feet of climbing, 10 miles walking. Max elevation 1 283 - on the ridge.
After breakfast the weather looked distinctly unfriendly, so we headed for the town centre, picked up some provisions from Booths, and wandered round the market.
Still the weather gods were not smiling. OK, a garden centre/emporium/café visit could do the trick.
|Eddie claims his bench, Maureen claims an Eddie|
|This is as Ape as we're Going today|
In memory of six airmen killed when a Wellington bomber
crashed on these moors on Nov 12th 1943Back down to Lead Mines Clough, and a steady climb along track and footpath.
It gets boggy near the top, until we reach the magnificent flagstone causeway at the highest point of the ridge. We turn sharply to the right and head more or less south toward Rivington Road. When the flagstones stop we follow the wall downhill.
A quick break - I'm ready for those sandwiches now!
We reach the road and turn right for a short distance before turning off to the left along Georges Road - for some reason I didn't take photos of the surface! One of the least comfortable underfoot, anywhere.
This takes us gently round to the Pigeon Tower, at the top of the Terraced Gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson in the 1920s, for Lord William Leverhulme of soap and Port Sunlight fame.
|The Pigeon Tower|
A brief exploration and off we go towards the tower on the Pike itself.
Winter Hill, not too far away is higher, but the views from the Pike are well worth the climb, even though they are a little hazy.
From here it's all downhill. First the gardens and their ruins and lake.
Then down through the woods, past Rivington Hall and Barn, and on to the car park.
For a couple of us, a turn round the car park brings the total mileage to over ten. Whatever can be measured will be measured even unto the point of meaninglessness?
A fine walk, with a real "hill" feel. A bonus - we found a few bilberries.
Map and details
We get back and have time to change and go out for our meal to celebrate Gordon's approaching special birthday.