A couple of weeks ago, on Saturday, I fancied another walk, but didnt feel like driving too far, so the obvious choice was to head over to the West Pennine Moors, only 20 minutes drive from home. I reckoned the peat would be dry so I worked out a route that included going “off piste”, keeping fingers crossed that I wouldn’t get bogged down!
I parked up at Rivington near the barns and set off at about 9 o’clock. It was grey and cloudy but sunshine was promised – although it arrived later than forecast.
I cut across to Rivington village and then through the field and by the brook, cutting up the path alongside Dean Wood Nature Reserve
up to the campsite at Wilcock’s farm.
I crossed the road and climbed over the stile and followed a less well used path onto the moor. After the dry weather he going was good, although it wouldn’t necessarily be like that in the winter.
I followed the path across the moor towards Old Rachel’s, one of a significant number on ruined farms on Anglezarke Moor. At one time people lived here. It must have been a bleak setting in winter, but it was a family home. However, the farms were bought and demolished by Liverpool Corporation after the Anglezarke and Rivington reservoirs were constructed, allegedly to protect the water supply.
On reaching Old Rachel’s I stopped for a while for a rest and to take in the views
and was treated to the sight of a large flock of lapwings flying overhead.
I carried on to Hempshaws and then on towards Horden Stoops.
There was only a mini-quagmire after Hempshaws – it’s usually very boggy here – which agured good for later in the walk. I got a close up view of a lapwing flying above the moor as I neared Horden Stoops.
Then I turned north following the path over Spitler’s and Redmond’s Edges over to Great Hill. The high cloud hadn’t cleared and there was a stiff breeze and I was glad I’d brought a fleece with me.
I climber to the summit of Great Hill and then stopped for a while in the shelter out of the wind for a bite to eat.
I descended down the path towards Drinkwaters but before I reached the ruin I took the path down towards another ruin, Great Hill Farm.
I doubled back along the Bottom of Great Hill towards the Edges,
getting close up views of a curlew. It flew over head a few times and then landed on the grass not far from the path. I must have been close to its nest. I tried to get a close up with my phone – this is the best I could do
Reaching the stile at the bottom of the path up to the top of Great Hill I turned onto the open moor and more or less followed a path over the pet heading towards Round Loaf. It was squidgy in a few places, and the path wasn’t always easy to trace, but it was generally OK.
There was plenty of bog cotton blooming
I stopped for a break on top of the tumulus
and then set off again across the peat towards Hurst Hill.
After enjoying the views for a while I headed down the path towards Moor Road.
Joining the road I walked along the tarmac for half a mile or so past Manor Farm
until I reached Jepson’s Gate where I took the path that headed back towards the moors.
The cloud had begun to disperse and is was getting hotter, especially in the sun.
I joined the path that cut across the fields towards Parson’s Bullogh and Allance Bridge.
Reaching the road, I decided to walk back to Rivington beside the reservoirs so follwed the road a short distance before taking the path along Yarrow Reservoir.
I cut down the path down past the overflow (which, given the dry weather of late, wasn’t flowing) and then crossed the dam to join the path along the north side of Lower Rivington reservoir.
I crossed the dam between the two Rivington reservoirs stopping to watch the dingys sailing on the water of the Upper reservoir.
I follwed the the lake side path back to the Saxon barn and then up the road to my car.