Two Lads. Two Towers. Plus some.

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Oct 15

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Some uphill ascents and downhill. Possibly some boggy ground too. 10 miles. 1, 250 feet of ascent.

Join Andy and OutdoorLads for an invigorating Friday frolics around the moors of Bolton.

Well off the beaten path, we will be taking in some amazing 360 panoramic views of the North West, inlcuding Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.  We will be visiting many historical tourist attractions and places of interest along the way.

We will start off across the moorland heading up to the Two Lads stone statues before heading down to the Snack Shack where we will have a well deserved coffee break. Onwards to the Japanese Gardens at Rivington, where we will stop and have lunch. From here, we will climb up to Rivington Pike and admire the views from 1, 200ft, before heading up to the Winter Hill TV Mast, (to 1, 250 feet), where we will stop to admire further views before making our return journey.

Please read the full description of this event and in particular, the 'what to bring' section below.

Winter Hill

Winter Hill is the highest point in the West Pennine area and towers over Rivington and its surroundings, although it is not tall enough to be classed as a mountain. Winter Hill is really a large, raised plateau of moorland with several summits named as hills in their own right, one being Rivington Pike. There are several other notable hills including Counting Hill, Noon Hill, Crooked Edge Hill, Adam Hill, Brown Hill and more. The summit of Winter Hill itself is rather understated and tucked away at the very end of the mast road behind the smaller radio masts and is marked by an OS trig point.

The name Winter Hill is probably derived from Old Norse, the first recorded name for the hill being Wintyrheld which would mean literally Winter Hill. However, “winter” and its variations certainly had the meaning “wet” in the old times and therefore means “the wet hill”, rather than our modern associations of cold or snow. Colloquialisms like “winter pasture” meaning poor agricultural land, probably at one time meant wet land that could not be farmed but could be used for pasture if necessary.

Between those times and now, it seems Winter Hill was shown as Egberden Hill on antique maps,, which would be derived from the Egbert’s Dean, which is the area now known as the Smithills Estate. The valley (dean from OE denu) reaches quite far up the hill and was once a prosperous area so passing cartographers seem to heard the place referred to as Egbert’s Dean Hill. Egbert’s Dean has a defined boundary in the SE quarter of the hill and should really refer to that area only.


This is a dog friendly walk so please bring your pooches along. The more the merrier !!

Some uphill and downhill, different terrains including grass, paths, and rocks. Possible boggy areas.

Approximately 10 miles. Mainly flat. Good walking shoes/boots required.

All photos taken by the event leader


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  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
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