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‘A’ Walk – Seven walkers Led by Anthea. We started with a climb to Rivington Pike and the TV mast on Winter Hill. After an early lunch, with a lovely injection of Yvonne's scones and Anthea's malt loaf, we continued to Great Hill. Finally we descended to White Coppice and Anglezarke Reservoir, where David produced his delicious flapjack for us all. Thank you, Anthea for leading a great walk and organising good weather. Review by Don Parkin
‘B’ Walk – Eight walkers led by Frank. Frank’s merry band of nine souls started the climb towards the Pigeon Tower and soon came across a Land Rover Discovery descending over a rocky ledge. The tension mounted as the driver slowly inched his way over the edge and made it safely, to a round of applause . From Rivington Pike we descended to the ‘Dogs Hotel’ at Pike Cottage then started the climb to the masts and trig point on Winter Hill. A navigational problem with a missing wall meant we had to descend to Belmont to regain the original route at Ward’s reservoir. From Hordern Stoops we made a long gradual descent over moorland, past the ruins of Higher and Lower Hempshaw’s to Yarrow and Belmont reservoirs. It was then just a short walk back to the coach, completing an 11 ½ mile walk. Review by Frank Rushton
‘C’ Walk – Fourteen walkers led by Angela, Kirsteen and Thelma (Apprentice Leaders!) A very pleasant walk around the reservoirs, these topographical features aiding navigation simply by keeping the water on the right hand side! Bright and pleasant weather was a bonus.
The idea of undertaking a walk through the countryside for pleasure developed in the 18th-century, and arose because of changing attitudes to the landscape and nature, associated with the Romantic movement. In earlier times walking generally indicated poverty and was also associated with vagrancy.
Thomas West, an English clergyman, popularized the idea of walking for pleasure in his guide to the Lake District of 1778. In the introduction he wrote that he aimed to encourage the taste of visiting the lakes by furnishing the traveller with a Guide; and for that purpose, the writer has here collected and laid before him, all the select stations and points of view, noticed by those authors who have last made the tour of the lakes, verified by his own repeated observations.
To this end he included various 'stations' or viewpoints around the lakes, from which tourists would be encouraged to appreciate the views in terms of their aesthetic qualities. Published in 1778, the book was a major success.
Walkers long campaigned for the right to roam, that is access to privately owned uncultivated land. In 1932 the mass trespass of Kinder Scout had a far-reaching impact. The 1949 Countryside Act created the concept of designated open Country, where access agreements were negotiated with landowners. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gave walkers a conditional right to access most areas of uncultivated land.
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13 Miles : 1400 feet. Rivington Pike – Winter Hill – Spitlers Edge – Great Hill – White Coppice – Rivington.
11 Miles : 1100 Feet. Rivington Pike – Winter Hill – Hordern Steps – Anglezarke Reservoir.
8 Miles: Little Climb. Circular Walk around Rivington and Anglezarke Reservoirs.