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Rivington Pike, Rivington
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Rivington Pike is a hill summit on Winter Hill, part of the West Pennine Moors, overlooking the village of Rivington in Lancashire, England. The nearest towns are Adlington and Horwich. The Pike is a prominent local landmark which derives its name from the Old English hreof plus ing meaning the rough or rugged hill and pic, a pointed eminence. The hill was recorded as Rovyng in 1325 and Rivenpike in about 1540. Saxton records the name as Rivenpike Hill on his 1577 map.Geography and geologyThe Pike at 1,191 feet high is the most westerly high point of Winter Hill in the West Pennine Moors. The high moorland is underlain with Carboniferous rocks, the Millstone Grit, sandstones and shales of the Lower Coal Measures which rise high above the Lancashire Plain to the west and Greater Manchester conurbation to the south. The humped shape of the summit coincides with a coal seam of the Lower Coal Measures at around 1,148 feet that outcropped and was mined around 1800. There is evidence of bell pits close to the summit.
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  • I'd always seen it and done many walks in the area but never actually been to "the pike". Maybe if I had I would be fitter! It was brilliant to see my home, land marks, other towns and even Blackpool ...  more »
  • Reasonably short walk worth the effort on some short steep sections great rewarding view at the top. On a clear day you can easily see Manchester and Liverpool. Good for Mountain biking and dog walkin...  more »
  • Lots of local history in and around the Rivington area. The Pike is the talents point in this rib of the Pennines, and magnificent views are to be had on clear days over to the Lakes in one direction,...  more »
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  • Great family day out with fantastic views, lovely walks through the woods to the Pike. Lots of fun and adventures for children and adults. Very popular. Lovely food at the barns etc
  • Great views. Everyone in the area loves Rivington pike so can get packed in a bank holiday.
  • Good spot for a walk which you can make long or short as you become more familiar with the area. Very high up so go in good weather!
  • Brilliant walk even on a cloudy day, you can see most of the North West from Manchester to Blackpool. The steps look worse than they are but there's a ramp that goes round the back for an easier way up. Looking over to the Winter Hill mast looks like an easy walk, it is but don't be fooled by the green grass, it's very very muddy make sure you have waterproof shoes on!
  • Amazing views and you can drive the car all the way to the top