Rivington Pike brings back a lot of memories, I walked there a lot when I was younger. On a whim I suggested we went there again, it must have been about 9 years since I was last there.
Rivington village is overlooked by the Pike tower – once a hunting lodge – and Lever Park. This land was gifted to the people of Bolton and is made up of what was Oriental gardens, pathways and lookout points through a series of wandering paths up the hill. It has definitely fallen further into disrepair from how I remember it being which is a shame as it really is a beautiful place, especially when the rhododendrons are flowering.
On the day we walked it was gloomy and wet, plenty of muddy paths to slosh through. My sister was not really prepared for this and spent her time picking her way around the puddles : )
There are a couple of places to get food and drinks, one at the bottom of the hill, and the other part way up. You can easily spend half a day wandering around the paths and discovering new places to explore.
Once you make your way to the top, after a final steep climb you will reach the tower. The views from here are long and lovely. You can’t go into the tower, but it is useful for blocking the wind while eating sandwiches! There are further walks from here to the radio mast on Winter Hill if you are so inclined. On this day we didn’t, and headed back down for a brew to warm us up : )