Wednesday 15th Feb & 23rd March


Winter Hill Trig Point

On a misty February morning eight walkers completed the second of the five stages of the West Pennine Way. We started our walk at Belmont Village and climbed through the mist to the summit of Winter Hill where we observed the various memorials to victims of an air crash and a suspected murder. For here we walked another memorial this one honours the 10,000 locals who held a mass trespass to protest about not being able to walk on the West Pennine Moors. We then proceeded to Two Lads, yet another memorial, and on Rivington Pike. By this time the mist had lifted and we were able to enjoy the views. After descending through the gardens we enjoyed refreshments at the tearoom in the village.

Wednesday 22rd March

The view point on Great Hill

Eight walkers left the car park in Rivington Village on a wet Wednesday morning with the hope that the rain would soon stop. We made our way down to a very full Anglezarke Reservoir and followed the river Yarrow to White Coppice. As the rain was still falling we made full use of the cricket club’s pavilion veranda to eat our sandwiches. After lunch we climbed the slopes of Great Hill to the view point and as the clouds started to lift, when we were at the top, we were able to make out the Fylde Coast, Rivington Pike and Darwen Tower. From here we descended down the hill to Belmont Road and made our way through the Tockholes Plantation, passing the ruins of Drinkwater Farm, where it is said that there is a hole in the wall where the farmers wife left food out for the poor. When we reached our final destination of Roddlesworth we were disappointed to find that the café was as closed.