Like most people – but unlike a certain Gollum like Government advisor – as best as I can I’ve been sticking to both the letter and the spirit of the Government’s requirements and advice to try to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. That means I’ve been working for home and sticking to local walks in the Plantations, respecting best I can “social distancing”. However, since last week we’ve been “allowed” to travel further for exercise and as Wednesday was a hot and sunny day, I decided to bunk off work during the afternoon, drive 7 miles over to Rivington and get out for a walk up on the Moors.
The car parks around Rivington were jammed, to say the least, but I avoided the crowds around the “honeypots” and rather than head up the Pike, which would have been heaving with people, set off down a quiet path heading towards Anglezarke.
I took the path to the east of Yarrow reservoir, passing only a handful of people
and quite a few sheep
including a number of a black breed (not sure what they were).
At Allance Bridge, rather than take the track up Lead Mine Clough I cut up the track up across the rough fields
with great views over the moors
and towards Winter Hill.
Over the stile onto the open access land.
Passing more sheep.
I cut across the peat, covered with cotton grass, heading towards the modest summit of Hurst Hill. With all the dry weather we’ve had while we’ve all been locked down the ground was dry (it’s usually a quagmire) but as there wasn’t a definite path the going across the rough ground was hard work.
Reaching the summit I stopped for a chat with a couple of other walkers (keeping 2 metres apart), one who lived very close to the house where I lived during my teenage years.
Long range visibility was poor
but there were good views over the moors
My next objective, along a more definite path, was Round Loaf, a prehistoric (Late Neolithic or Bronze Age) bowl barrow burial mound, which is a Scheduled Monument.
There’s a number of prehistoric relics in the area, including Pikestones, a collection of stones that used to be a Neolithic burial mound, which is only a short distance away.
Climbing to the top of the tumulus there were good views over the moors to Rivington Pike and Winter Hill
and, in the opposite direction, towards Great Hill.
I had a number of options of routes to follow but I decided to make my way back over the rough peat towards Lead Mine Clough,
where I crossed over the river and then cut across on the path heading east.
I walked a short distance along the track used by the local farmers towards the ruined farm known as “Sims”
and the took the path towards Rivington
I crossed the young River Yarrow
Looking back again.
The path took me across rough ground and then through a field of horses before I reached the road.
It was only a short distance to the start of the path I’d walked along earlier on the east side of the Yarrow Reservoir. I retraced my steps back towards Rivington, passing the dam where there were a few small well separated groups sun bathing.
I took the path back to Rivington village, past the Chapel and then across the fields back to my car completing a 9 mile circuit.
After being restricted to walking through woodland for the past couple of months it had been good to get up on some rougher, open country. I’ll definitely be back up on the moors again a few times over the next few weeks.