Walking around Rivington

The Japanese Gardens

It’s been a funny old year. Getting out during February and March was spoiled by the stormy weekends and now the weather has improved with the arrival of Spring, we’re “locked in” and restricted to local walks.

During March I took advantage of any “weather windows” to get out and about for some walks nearer to home and a few times a drove the few miles over to Rivington . There’s quite a few routes and some variety too – woodland, lakeside and wild moor land. Here’s a few shots I took during a couple of walks around there. It’ll probably be a while before I can get up there again – United Utilities, who own the land around here, have closed all of the car parks, and even if I could park up on the road, being 5 miles away I don’t know whether it would count as a “local walk”.

One of several Logia
View over to Winter Hill

Climbing up the Pike you pass through the Terraced Gardens which were created by Thomas Mawson between 1905 and 1925 for the soap magnate Lord Leverhulme. In recent years, a lot of work has been done restoring the gardens and making the structures safe and accessible.

The Pigeon Tower
View over the Italian Lake to the Pigeon Tower
The Italian lake
The Japanese Garden
Seven Arch Bridge
The Unitarian Chapel in Rivington Village
Looking over to Rivington Pike and Winter Hill from the far side of Yarrow Reservoir
The overflow “waterfall” from Yarrow Reservoir to Anglezarke Reservoir
View from the western shore of Lower Rivington Reservoir

21 thoughts on “Walking around Rivington

  1. That’s a favourite walk for many of us. Even when you were out in March there doesn’t seem to be anyone about.
    Shame we won’t be able to visit for awhile.
    I’m not driving anywhere now, that reminds me I should turn the engine over for a few minutes.

    • I’m lucky in that I live very close to the Haigh woodland park and know plenty of little used paths so I can keep up my social distancing. But missing getting up on the hills, moors and fells now the weather has picked up. Bet the rain comes back once we’re out of this crisis

    • Ta 😊There’s not always coming down the waterfall. Depends on how full the Yarrow Reservoir is but there had been a lot of rain for a few weeks before my walk

  2. Lovely photos of one of my favourite areas. I’m not too far from Rivington – probably a bit closer than you – but feel unable to drive over there now because of the restrictions. It’s good to see photos of the gardens, due to the ongoing restoration work some of the areas were ‘out of bounds ‘ the last time I went there. Nice to see water flowing down the reservoir waterfall too, it’s always been dry whenever I’ve been there 😦

    • My recent walks around the gardens have allowed me to see properly the results of the restoration for the first time since they were completed. They have done a marvellous job revealing structures I’d never noticed before even though I’ve been going up here for over 50 years!
      The waterfall from the Yarrow reservoir has always been a favourite. In my teens I lived on the eastern edge of Chorley and would often walk over to Anglezarke and could reach the waterfall in less than an hour. I’ve probably seen water cascading down less often than looking at dry, giant steps.

  3. There looks to be so many interesting features there, definitely planning a trip there when we get back to normal. I am really missing planning days out and trips. Getting to me at the minute, even though I have a lot to be thankful for.

    • I think you would enjoy wandering around the terraced gardens – a bit of climbing to do, mind! A walk along the reservoirs is also very pleasant and you can even visit Liverpool Castle.

  4. Every time you post about Rivington, I resolve to revisit! I’m mildly obsessed by Thomas Mawson so now that’s doubly the case.

    • Indeed, it is so frustrating especially when the weather is as nice as it is now as I look out of my window. I’m lucky to have a really nice woodland park almost on my doorstep for my “allowed exercise”. Other than that it’s vicarious pleasures through reading blog posts, books and magazines (although that can increase the level of frustration!)

  5. Just goes to prove that you don’t have to head to the hills to find walks with plenty of interest and fascinating stuff. This must be a great area to explore when the cloud is down on the tops. Like everyone I reckon the weather has a malevolent streak, wet all winter, as soon as the lock down came in, endless sunny skies, rain will return as soon as we are allowed out!

    • Sounds like you’re as much a pessimist as I am 🙂
      Luckily I have the Plantations Woodland park almost on my doorstep for my “allowed” exercise. But looking out at the sunshine through the window I’m itching to get out in the hills.

    • Should add, there are also hills around here – the West Pennine Moors. Modest compared to the Lakes etc. But still a good area for walking and to get away from civilisation.

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