SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

Web site: www.skemramblers.org.uk

RIVINGTON, GTR MANCHESTER

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2019

Coach Leader: Dave Hatchard Coach Leaves at 4.30 pm

A little request please. Some people who get dropped off after Ormskirk have been getting off the coach at Ormskirk to get their bags from the boot and then getting back on the coach. There’s no problem with that except that there has been a bit of a traffic jam at the front of the coach as they have been jumping back on before all the Ormskirk leavers have got off. To avoid accidents on the coach steps please make sure that all the Ormskirk people have got off first. Thanks.

The usual message about choosing a walk suitable for you. Please read these coach notes carefully as they will help you to decide which walk will be the most suitable for you. For the safety and enjoyment of yourself and others, please try not to join a walk which is beyond your capabilities.

If you are struggling, please inform the walk leader so that he or she can make the decision to amend the walk by shortening it or having some rest etc.

PLEASE RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE GROUP LEADER. Please do not wander away from the group, or leave the group, for whatever reason, without first discussing it with the leader or back marker.

WALKS TODAY

Strenuous Leader : Paul Hogan Distance : 8 or 13.00 miles

Depending on weather, fortitude or morale.

From the Barn we will head up to Rivington Hall and ascend north through the plantations up to Rivington Pike where we will firstly stop for a brew and respite from the inevitably cold wind before heading East and no doubt into that very cold wind and on to the eerie sci-fi bleakness of Winter Hill transmission tower. This bit of the walk to the transmitter is likely to be particularly boggy and even Rob can expect to get muddy.

Once we reach there we can seek the solace of shelter to partake of sustenance and good cheer after which we can then either turn back towards Lever Park (8 miles) or head north and then west to descend into White Coppice following the river back to the reservoirs, and then the reservoirs back to the Barn and a nice cup of tea in warm environs.

Moderate / Leisurely Leader: Dave Hatchard Distance : 8.25 miles

Leaving the car park, we past the Go Ape Centre then head along upper Rivington Reservoir and skirt past the Yarrow Reservoir and down through Lester Mill Quarry and along Anglezarke Reservoir. From here we walk the track up the valley to reach White Coppice for a lunch stop. After lunch we head back towards Anglezarke Reservoir, on the opposite side passing Kays Farm, over the bridge, and back to Rivington Village. The walk is reasonably flat using well-trodden paths and a few hundred yards of B Roads Only two stiles on this walk.

Easy Leader : Joan McGlinchey Distance : 4.50 miles

Joan was asked a short notice to lead the easy walk at Rivington

Let me start by saying I am really very sorry I have not recced this walk due to the weather and work commitments.

I have two walks in mind.

4 miles firstly.

From the Barn we follow along the bridleway past the Rivington Country Park down to Knowle House.

We then loop back taking in the castle on the way back as we walk along the reservoir.

Or, we could do 4.5 mls as we start our walk along Sheep House Lane. After a short while we join a bridleway and walk on until it comes to the end.

This bridleway passes Breres Meadow Pit. We then join a footpath which takes us in the direction of Rivington Lodge on the way to the castle,

From the castle we take a footpath through Rivington County Park and back to the barn.

Hopefully I will have a chance to speak to people who know the area before the walk and decide which will be the best to take.

NOTES ON THE AREA

The villages of Rivington, and Anglezarke, lie on the south-western slopes of the West Pennine Moors, an area of moorland and reservoir scenery between Chorley and Bolton. The passage of time and the influence of the manmade lakes have shaped the valley and hillside into the landscape we see today, which has the attraction of a mini-lakeland. The reservoirs were constructed in the middle of the nineteenth century. The area has been populated for centuries, and remains of Bronze Age settlements and tumuli, long since raided, can still be found up on the moors. There is also evidence of an early influence in the area from place names of a Scandinavian origin. It was once a remote area with people being engaged in agriculture, home weaving quarrying and mining.

Rivington has developed over the centuries under several generations of the Pilkington family, who purchased the estate from the de Rivington (or de Roynton) family over 700 years ago. During the early 1600's the estate was sold to joint owners Robert Lever of D'Arcy Lever and Thomas Breres of Preston. A century later, in 1729, the manor passed into the sole ownership of John Andrews, a descendent of Robert Lever. The manorial rights remained with the same family until 1900, when John William Crompton sold the estate to William Hesketh Lever who created Lever Park and the Terraced Gardens. The estate was subsequently acquired by Liverpool Corporation to protect their water supply.

Shortly after William Hesketh Lever, who later to become Lord Leverhulme, bought the estate, he began to lay out a series of ornamental gardens around his luxurious home named The Bungalow. Lever made his fortune in soap. Born in Bolton, the son of a grocer, he began making soap in Warrington in 1886. By the time he died, Lever Brothers, the forerunner of the multinational Unilever, was the largest firm of its kind in the world, and the new town of Port Sunlight was founded. Lord Leverhulme was one of a band of enlightened mill owners who realised that a happy workforce would be more loyal and work harder. His grand estate included the mansion of Rivington Hall, dating from the later 17th and early 18th centuries, but later rebuilt and extended. Still standing beside the hall is the Great House Barn, a much older structure which may date from as early as the 11th century. It was used as a tithe barn, but, is now a restaurant. The gardens themselves incorporate slanting paths and terraces, sets of steps, plus a range of grottoes, bridges and artificial lakes. Built of dark local granite, these features can look sombre on a dull day but are nevertheless intriguing. The gardens have had an eventful history. The exotic plants and buildings fell into decay and became overgrown. In recent years however, conservation work has opened the network of paths up again and the area is now part of Rivington Country Park and used for recreation. In 2016 a grant of 3.4 million pounds came from the Lottery Heritage Fund to repair and protect the Japanese Garden and the remaining grade 2 structures.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEXT RAMBLE

Sunday 24th March, Ruthin, N Wales

Leaders: Strenuous - Malcolm Chamberlain, Moderate / Leisurely - Pam Chamberlain,  Easy - no one for definite yet but maybe Cynthia.

Bookings. With our new booking officer at the coach, Evelyn Carrigan. Email via the contacts page.

Cheques made payable to Skelmersdale Rambling Club.

It would be helpful if you would tell the booking officer if you do not intend to book for the next coach.

Coach pick-up times:

Junction Lane Burscough 8.20am

Ormskirk bus station 8.40am

Prince Albert pub Westhead 8.45am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.50am

Skelmersdale Baths car park 9.00am.

Please will walk leaders let Hazel have details of their walks as least TEN DAYS before the walk.

Email via the contacts page

SKELMERSDALE CHURCHES RAMBLING CLUB

Would you like a walk in the country with a friendly rambling club based in Skelmersdale? We travel by coach, picking up in Burscough, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. There are four walks on most coach trips, depending on the availability of leaders, so there is usually something to suit most abilities.

We have trips on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, and we are actively looking for new members. The club is run very much on the same lines as Skelmersdale Ramblers.

Our next ramble is

Saturday 8th March, Llangollen, North Wales

Coach leaves

Ormskirk Bus Station 8.30 am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.40 am

Skelmersdale Baths Car Park 8.50 am

Upholland Labour Club 9.00 am

Bookings are with Jackie Gudgeon.

RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION WEST LANCS GROUP

For more information look at the website.

March

Sunday 3rd, 10.10, 8 mls. A linear walk from Hall Lane to Maghull. Meet at 10.10 in time to catch the 10.19 train at the original Maghull station to Hall Lane, and, walk back to Maghull.

Wednesday 13th, 13.30, 5mls, Halsall. Meet on Summerwood Road by the Church, but please park just down the main road in the sports field car park as there have been numerous complaints about cars parking outside the church and blocking the road.

Sunday 24th, 13.30, 5mls, Bickerstaffe, from Holy Trinity Church but again do not park at the church but a short way down the road.

SEFTON STROLLERS & DINERS

Informal friendly walks held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1.30 pm. 5 to 6 miles. The walks are being suspended for a while due to low turnout.

CLUB NOTES

LOST PROPERTY

Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and including coach notes. Check all around including your seat, the floor, the rack, the boot and the net on the back of the seat in front. The coach is always checked at Ormskirk, but it makes life easier if you make sure that you have not left anything.

If you realise that you have left something behind please do not contact the coach company. For the time being someone else other than Jackie will collect whatever is left behind.

A pair of over trousers were left in the boot on the Downham walk and Hazel has them at the moment.

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Contact Cynthia via the contacts page.

FIRST AID KITS

Please continue to leave the first aid kits at the front of the coach on your return from your walk.

The kits have been revamped to make them lighter, and only items needed for more serious cuts and grazes and emergency situations will be carried. Please inform Hazel if any item has been used so that the kit can be replenished.

Any leaders using their own kits must carry one that is comparable to the club kits.

O/S MAPS

Please do not peel off the name labels as it helps to show who has returned the maps. Please leave them at the front of the coach with the first aid kits. Thanks

NEW MEMBERS

We are looking to recruit quite a few new members so if you know anyone who might like to join us please ask them to try us out and book on a walk with our new booking officer Evelyn. Email via the contacts page.

COACH NOTES

We do not print one each as some people look at the web version, and we also have couples who are happy with one between two. But we do print enough so that if anyone would like their own copy they can have one. So, if you would like your own copy please ask Hazel for one.