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Horwich, Lower Rivington Reservoir, Pike Stones, White Coppice, Lancashire.
[18.2 km]  Wed 10 Feb 2021

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Walked to the Moss Lane/A6 bus stop to catch the 09:31 bus which was on time. My destination is Horwich and after a brief stop at Chorley Bus Station we continued to The Crown bus stop in Horwich. It was a lovely cold clear morning as I set off passing the stone columns denoting the entrance to Lever park. I turned up Dryfield Lane then along the path to the woodland path by Lower Rivington Reservoir.
Lower Rivington Reservoir.

 Liverpool Castle ruin replica.
The sunshine was reflecting in the water as I wandered along the shore. Many trees were protruding from the water with rings of ice around their trunks. I reached the Liverpool Castle folly ruins which were built as a replica of the original Liverpool Castle ruins. After a quick look round I continued along the reservoir to the wooded area where ĎGo Apeí Rivington Tree Top challenge structures are. Further on I passed the Old Rivington School which is now a primary school.
Inside the ruins.

 View through the trees.

 Winter Hill Mast and Rivington Pike.

 Trees through the ice.
It was originally the grammar school founded in 1566. Across the road I followed the path along Dean Brook to Dean Wood House. When I reached the gate into the field I turned right up the field to Wilcockís Farm as it is a path Iíd not been on before. i turned left along Dean head Lane and was glad I wasnít on my bike as there was quite a bit of ice around. Down to Alance Bridge I turned right up the track towards Lead Mines Valley. Shortly before the wooden footbridge I stopped to sit in the sunshine by a small waterfall to eat my sandwiches in the sunshine. It brought a bit of warmth but was very cold when it went in. Over the bridge and up the hill I continued towards Jepsonís Gate but before getting there left the track and walked up the moors by the trees towards the Pike Stones. At the stile is the remains of the information board but the illustrations and text had long since been vandalised and no longer visible. Fortunately I photographed it when I visited in Aug 2004 so I have a record.
High on Anglezarke Moor above Chorley are the Pikestones, a Neolithic Chambered Burial Cairn at an altitude of 280m (920ft). I re-visited them earlier this week (Wed 10th Feb 2021) while out on a cold sunny walk. They are shown on the map above Jepsonís Gate and Anglezarke Reservoir.
Pikestones board.
 It takes a bit of imagination to appreciate what they originally looked like as the information board has been vandalised and ripped off. Iíve included an artist's impression of the site but unfortunately I donít know who the artist was. The large stone lintel slabs have been there for around 4,500years and are older than the nearby Round Loaf Bowl Barrow burial mound which is about 4,000years old.

 Pikestones Artists impression

The views were very impressive in the clear sunny weather. I continued NW across the rough moor to visit the site of the Jepsonís Gate burial cairn which is now just a ring of ground level stones. I soon picked up the Hurst Hill path down to Moor Road and down to the Watermanís Cottage.
Jepson's Gate cairn.

 Distant view of Black Combe in Cumbria.
I then had a pleasant wy over the bridge and up the steep track to turn right above Lead Mineís Clough.

Near the Waterman's Cottage
1 Jan 2021

The wall is now repaired.

I crossed over the Goit and took the path on the west side then across the fields to White Coppice Farm. I stopped briefly to photograph the building Northwood which used to be the home of A.E. Eccles and later the chemist Sir Walter Norman Howarth (1883-1950) Nobel prize 1937.

Northwood previously Albion Villa.

 White Coppice near Warth Bridge.
Over stile I saw a woman  water.

Heapey Busy Bee in Wheelton.

Heapey Busy Bee in Wheelton.
Back across the river I had my sand
It was horribly wet and I was glad
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