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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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  • You can make thsi an easy climb or a difficult one but either way you will be rewarded by a view that can extend to over 60 miles on a clear day. To get to the peak you walk through the now over grown...  more »
  • This was a family event to scatter my brothers ashes on top of the pike so he can look down on us all  more »
  • Parked up near Rivington barn which was full of bikers seen as it was a lovely sunny day. We then walked upto Rivington Pike. The walk up lovely with various paths to follow. Once we reached the top t...  more »