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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 15.10km (9.38 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 351m (1151ft)
Descent 336m (1102ft)
Max. Elevation 450m (1476ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 687m (2253ft)
Start & End
Adlington Railway Station
Distance 15.10km
Duration ~5:15h
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.

Walk Functions


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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.
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.
About 2.62 km (~1.63 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.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 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.
About 0.54 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.
About 0.55 km (~0.34 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.
About 1.42 km (~0.88 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
About 1.29 km (~0.8 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
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SD654133
Follow the path SW from Two Lads hill down to Pike Cottage.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 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.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 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.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 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.
About 1.88 km (~1.17 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.
About 2.05 km (~1.27 miles) from

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13 Oct 2019
A View Everyone Needs To Experience

My first "proper" walk. Missed the footpath on Greenhalgh lane so had to do a bit of a detour. Lots of sections were tricky underfoot: roads that are more like rocky streams, and some very steep and muddy sections. Still great fun though, and the view from Winter Hill is spectacular. On a clear day you can see Manchester and Liverpool from the same point (but good look finding a clear day!)

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