PLEASE NOTE – earlier start time (from Upton Library) of 8.30am.P
The walk is a B walk of 9 miles in the Lancashire Moors north of Bolton, east of Chorley. The first half of the walk is fairly flat, on good paths through woodland bordering Lower and Upper Rivington Reservoirs and then Anglezarke Reservoir, before arriving at the hamlet of White Coppice and its delightful cricket ground. We will then start the climb up Anglezarke Moor on a good track to Joe’s Cup (another interesting place!), then on a faint path climbing to Round Loaf at 327m. Round Loaf is a large bronze age burial mound and is the highest point of the walk. We’ll have climbed about 177m (580ft) from White Coppice.
The descent from Round Loaf is initially over rough moorland for just under a kilometer, on faint paths or pathless terrain. We then follow good paths down the side of cloughs to arrive at a memorial to an aircraft which crashed nearby. We continue our descent down the side of this beautiful clough, then alongside another reservoir and finally back to the car park.
After the recent wet weather I’m expecting mud, particularly on the path up to Round Loaf, and likely through the woods as well, so come prepared!
We will start the walk from Rivington Country Park, parking at the Great House Barn car park, on Rivington Lane (post code BL6 7SB). The Great House Barn (http://www.greathousebarn.co.uk/) has a tea shop (which will likely be shut when we start the walk, but hopefully open for tea and cakes when we finish!). There are toilets which should be open at the start and finish.
So it’s a walk full of interest, and terrific views (assuming no cloud on the moors).