ANGLEZARKE AMBLE CHALLENGE

    The 2019 Anglezarke Amble will be on Saturday February 9th             

                    

                     
                                     
                    

 

 

 
 
The ‘Amble’, as we call it, takes in much of the finest scenery in the West Pennine Moors and although the cotton towns on either side are relics of our industrial past, they are only seen from a distance. This is because the route of the walk is almost entirely within the watershed of the reservoirs serving these towns and is, therefore, well clear of  both industry and, to a large extent, habitation. 
 
The start of the walk is from Lever Park. Gifted by Lord Leverhulme to the people of Bolton at the beginning of the last century, this 360 acre park, with it’s many follies and Japanese gardens, is worth a half day visit in itself.
 
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 The Start in pictures

 

             Walkers on Rivington Pike

 

 

 

 

Above the gardens the route visits the well known landmark of Rivington Pike, where a beacon was lit in 1588 to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          Scotsman Post

 

On now to Winter Hill, which at almost 1500ft. is the highest point of the walk. Here there are ‘monuments’ both old and new. One is the very obvious television mast, the other marks the spot of ‘murder most foul’ and is known as ‘Scotsman’s Post’. You can read all about that and an air disaster as you pass. Did you know that in 1896 there was a mass trespass on Winter Hill, more than 30 years before the famous one on Kinder?

There is now a long descent, after which the way passes south of the village of Belmont to where, in a mile or so, it reaches the checkpoint where the two routes split. The short route heads left along a track overlooking Belmont Reservoir, whereas the long route crosses open moorland, dotted by the remains of farmhouses, forcibly abandoned when the reservoirs were built. Those must have been hard times for the poor hill farmers.

Once across the busy A666, straightforward walking leads to Turton and Entwistle Reservoir, whose dam was once the highest in Britain. Now open to the public, this area is a well known beauty spot and walked by thousands every year. This is where you can take on refreshments before making the long but gradual ascent along tracks to Darwen Moors,

 

 

 

  

                             

It was another trespass and a bitter struggle that led to a Parliamentary Charter in 1896, which opened the Darwen Moors to the public and where, on a tragic December day in 1917, three young lads died in a blizzard (be warned take note of the event rules and bring adequate clothing). At the northern end of the moor the route passes Darwen Tower, built in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. On a clear day there are fine views from here over the Irish Sea to the west, Lake District Hills to the north and Yorkshire Dales hills to the east.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  DarwenTower

  

 

Good walking across the moor and a short descent takes you to the very pleasant Roddlesworth Woods where the long and short routes converge. More refreshment at Slipper Lowe fortifies you for the climb  over Great Hill, with great views, to White Coppice with its picturesque cricket field. The birthplace of a Nobel Prize winner, it also housed a prominent supporter of the Temperance Movement, who forced the closure of the only beer house, known locally as the ‘Who’d a Thowt It’. 

 

Walkers on Great Hill 

From White Coppice good walking threads a line between, first of all Anglezarke Reservoir to the right, then Yarrow Reservoir to the left and finally the Upper Rivington Reservoir and the end of the walk in Rivington.

Short route near Slipper Lowe

 

Long route 24 miles or short route 16 miles, in 10 hours

 

The 2019 entry form is available by clicking here

 

The route description is available by clicking here