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    Rivington pike

    This little gem is only a 15 minute drive from my house .

    Rivington Pike and its tower can be seen from miles around. It is 361m (1200 feet) above sea level, and is reached through the Terraced Gardens. In clear conditions from the tower you can see the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District 80km (50 miles) distant, Blackpool Tower 40km (25 miles), the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea 150km (93 miles), Ashurst's Beacon 15km (9 miles), and the Welsh Mountains 110km (68 miles).

    Rivington Pike was the site of a beacon, a bonfire built and lit at night used to send warning messages in times of danger. Another such beacon is Ashurst's Beacon, south west of Rivington. This chain of signals was put in place by the Earl of Chester Ranulph de Blundeville around 1139. A recorded lighting of the beacon is on the 19th of July 1588 when the Spanish Armada was first engaged in the English Channel. More recently, the beacon has been used in times of national celebration, the Coronation of King George V in 1910, the end of the First World War in 1918. Recently, Winter Hill itself has been used, and has been lit on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee on 7th June 1977, and the eve of the Royal Wedding in 1981.





















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    Load of rubbish
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    Great photos, Malc. What an adventure. I'd love to go there and take pictures myself.

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