Rivington Pike and the mast on Winter Hill from the Liverpool Castle Folly.
Looking towards Pigeon Tower and Rivington Pike from a footpath on the East side of Lower Rivington Reservoir
At the trig point on Winter Hill.
A the largest of the three cairns on Twa lads.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.7 miles; Climb:1232'.
Time: 4 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average:2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.8 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Dave J., Mike D and Fran.
What a glorious day for walking this turned out to be, my only regret is that I believed the weather forecast and decided not to wear shorts! Wall to wall blue skies, plenty of sunshine and hardly any wind.
This was a very pleasant walk, and only a very short section on the climb from the Belmont Road to the top of Winter Hill was on the muddy side, even the detour around the masts wasn't too bad. We decided to make a slight detour from the described route to visit the summit of Twa Lads, well worth the minimal extra climb.
We had good views towards both Snowdonia and the Lake District
A slower than usual walking average, largely due to the fact that everyone we met, and there were lots, were very friendly and seemed happy to talk more than a the normal "good morning" or "Hi"!
Birds seen or heard today included: Chaffinch, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Black-headed gull, Black-billed magpie, Raven, Mallard, Meadow pipit, European robin, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Great cormorant, Kestrel and Jay.
The walk finished early as we couldn't find an easy extension to the walk, so we were forced to head for an early pint in the Spinners Arms (bottom house) on Church Road Adlington. An excellent selection of beers were on offer, and all those sample were enjoyed once they had warmed up slightly!