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Circular to Winter Hill from Adlington Rlwy. Stn.

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in Lancashire, England, about 14.58km (9.06 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 351m (1151ft)
Loss 336m (1102ft)
Max. Elevation 450m (1476ft)
Elevation (total) 687m (2253ft)
Start & End
Adlington Railway Station
Distance 14.58km
(9.06mi)
Duration ~5:15
Difficulty  
Moderate
7Created by ashtonkroz on 16 Sep 2012
A full day walk from Adlington Railway Station across Rivington reservoir through Lever Park to Winter Hill and Two Lads and back to Adlington.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SD602130
Leave the Railway station and follow Railway road towards Rivington along the B6227. Cross the A673 and after 250m take a footpath on the left along Greenhalgh lane. After 100m the path bears off the lane on the right. Keep on this footpath which eventually crosses the over the M61 carry on for about half a mile crossing New street and the Rivington reservoir.
Rivington About 2.62 km (~1.63 miles) from
OS Grid SD625143
Immediately after you have crossed the reservoir take a footpath on the right. After about 100m take a diagonal path an the left which after about 200m crosses Rivington lane. Keep on this path for about 100m until you meet a tarmac road, turn left and walk 200m up to Rivington Hall Barn.
Rivington Hall Barn About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SD633144
Take a path behind the Barn which climbs steeply with fields on your left and woods on your right. Keep on this path and continue to climb for about 400m until you reach a lane with a small car park.
Car park About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SD637148
When you reach the lane turn right and take a steep stony track on your left which winds its way up to Belmont Road near the Pigeon tower.
Pigeon Tower About 0.55 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SD640143
When you reach Belmont road immediately turn left and follow this road/track for about 1 mile.
Path to Winter Hill About 1.42 km (~0.88 miles) from
OS Grid SD650152
Take a very steep but distinct path on the right which leads up towards the communication masts at the top of Winter hill. Head towards the tallest TV mast.
Winter Hill TV mast About 1.29 km (~0.8 miles) from
OS Grid SD661145
Here you will find a memorial to several men who lost their lives in a plane crash. Carry on past the mast along a well surfaced road for about 1km
Path towards 2 lads hill About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SD657136
Take a footpath heading diagonally right towards Two lads Hill which has 2 large cairns (and a smaller 3rd). This is now part of the Rotary way
Two Lads hill About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SD654133
Follow the path SW from Two Lads hill down to Pike Cottage.
Pike Cottage About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SD648131
(YOU WILL NOW FOLLOW THE ROTARY WAY TO ADLINGTON) Cross Georges Lane and carry on the foot path down the hill to Ormstons Farm. turn right and follow the path downwards crossing a footbridge until you get to Jepsons Bridge.
Jepsons bridge About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SD636125
When you reach the road turn right and then left along Dryfield lane. Stay on this lane until you meet the A673, turn right and then take a left footpath along Squirrel Lane. Stay on this path for about 1km until you cross a bridge over the M61 near Bolton West service station.
Bolton West Service station About 1.88 km (~1.17 miles) from
OS Grid SD621114
Immediately after you cross the motorway take a path on the right behind the service station. Stay on this path for about 1km until you meet Grimeford lane. Turn right and immediately left onto a footpath alonside the motorway until you reach the A673. Turn left and take a footpath on the left after about 250m.
shawes drive About 2.05 km (~1.27 miles) from
OS Grid SD610131
Take the signposted footpath opposite Shawes Drive along the Rotary way . Stay on this path until you pass under the railway, then turn right and follow the path to the A6. Turn right and head back to Adlington Station for the train home.

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