Started by: kathpressey (5225) 

do Wiganers still climb up Rivington Pike on Good Friday? it'll be cold up there today!

Started: 29th Mar 2013 at 09:03

Posted by: lizziedownunder (6990) 

I would love to climb Rivington Pike........

Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 09:12

Posted by: sonlyme (2747)

There was a lot of snow on it when i passed on the M61 on tuesday.

Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 10:32

Posted by: linma (2633)

On Good Friday we used to walk from Standish to the top of Hunters Hill, Wrightington.

Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 12:13

Posted by: momac (11163) 

I would love to have gone there today,but it's too cold for me..we do a lot of walking round there in Summer.. love the place.

Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 12:25

Posted by: sonlyme (2747)

As kids we used to walk it on good friday from Hindley.

Replied: 29th Mar 2013 at 15:47

Posted by: upthetims (6536)

Ther's snow on them thar hills kp,much too cold yet

Replied: 30th Mar 2013 at 22:05

Posted by: kathpressey (5225) 

it's certainly a cold easter. Still= April tomorrow; it must get warmer soon- i hope!

Replied: 31st Mar 2013 at 10:26

Posted by: mavis (1060)

My daughter and grandkids been up there today and yes playing in the snow, Happy Easter, they had a great time.

Replied: 31st Mar 2013 at 21:50

Posted by: veg grower (inactive)

My mum said that they used to walk to Rivington every Good Friday. So that is 1950's.

I am sure I have read that Rivington (or the area roundabouts) is on ley lines - and so naturally draws people to the place. I daresay someone will put me straight.

Replied: 31st Mar 2013 at 23:57

Posted by: piccyme123 (1395)

I / we the kids I grew up with walked to Rivington Pike also on Good Friday, some years, and other years we walked through the Plantations to Haigh Hall. from Hindley, to. just like sonlyme, in the 1950,s

Replied: 3rd Apr 2013 at 20:06

Posted by: dennis dickinson (1131)

Geeeeezzzz - this posting brought back memories I remember 'climbing' up to Rivington Pike - Easter 1953 - that was 60 years ago

Replied: 7th Apr 2013 at 20:02

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Groundwork is working with the Rivington Heritage Trust to develop a proposal to improve the historic Rivington Terraced Gardens. They're resubmitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund shortly, and need our help!

'The Gardens are well-loved and we know lots of local people want to be part of their future. We want to make sure that people who want to get involved with the gardens can take advantage of this opportunity.

This short survey will help us to plan this, by giving us information on the extent to which people want to get involved with the Terraced Gardens, and what aspects of work people wish to undertake.'

Take the survey.

Replied: 11th Apr 2013 at 08:08

Posted by: lizziedownunder (6990) 

Wish I could Jo's the same story.....bus would take forever.......

Replied: 11th Apr 2013 at 08:27

Posted by: nicko (inactive)

was up there last sunday

Replied: 11th Apr 2013 at 19:05

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

There's a good feature on Rivington in the latest issue of Local Life / Wigan West - Link (p.62-p.65)

Groundwork News (July 2013) Link:

The historic Rivington Terraced Gardens look set for a much brighter future thanks to receiving initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for a multi-million pound conservation plan.

Replied: 17th Jan 2014 at 14:43

Posted by: veteran (1602)

me and my girlfriend to rivington pike (wife) now of 55 years up there when we where only 16 years old on the bus from wigan never liked that brew when bus was going down it just before the pub.

Replied: 24th Feb 2014 at 18:03

Posted by: pippa (118)

We walked up to Pigeon Tower via the gardens last saturday and to the top of the pike. Views are amazing

Replied: 12th Mar 2014 at 11:32

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

"do Wiganers still climb up Rivington Pike on Good Friday?"

That's like asking, "do Ormskirkers go to Southport on Bank Holiday Monday"

or, "do Prestoners still go to Blackpool on Easter Sunday"?

It's a stupid question, to which the answer is 'some will, some won't'.

Replied: 14th Mar 2014 at 00:24

Posted by: blackrodweaver (612) 

Rivington Pike will be lit up RED for the next 2 weeks between 5pm and 9pm. Apparently Chorley council want to get publicity for themselves and hope it promotes the town

Replied: 17th Mar 2014 at 20:48

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Thanks for that info, Blackrodweaver, I've just been reading about that on WW Forum too. (20/3/14):

'The move has not been without controversy, with the Mayor of Horwich, the town closest to the tower but in the borough of Bolton, slamming Chorley Council for ‘hijacking’ Rivington Pike, without consulting the town’s residents.

Coun Christine Root said residents will be ‘absolutely outraged’ to see the Chorley stamp on the Grade-II listed building.

But Coun Bradley hit back, saying they wanted to put Chorley on the map, and chose Rivington Pike as a ‘landmark’ to show just how far the town spreads.

Replied: 23rd Mar 2014 at 00:46

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

"to show just how far the town spreads"

He means - "to show just how far the COUNCIL spreads"

The 'town' is a couple of miles to the west, on the other side of the M61!

Replied: 23rd Mar 2014 at 12:36

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 


'Great piece about the new plan for Rivington Terraced Gardens link - much more on this next week!'

Replied: 28th Mar 2014 at 17:55

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

Jo anne, please explain why 'Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan' are involved, when Rivington is neither in Lancashire West nor Wigan?

And, why has Chorley council got what was originally given to Bolton council?

If you don't know, get to know!

I would advise Chorley Council to keep their eye on the funds, or else Wigan council will be syphoning some off for use in Wigan!

Replied: 28th Mar 2014 at 18:49

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Interesting questions but I haven't got time to investigate at the moment, Tonker.

Replied: 28th Mar 2014 at 20:13
Last edited by jo anne: 28th Mar 2014 at 20:15:30

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Groundwork's new plan to help preserve the history of Rivington’s Terraced Gardens for future generations - link

Replied: 1st Apr 2014 at 16:59

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

Any answers to those questions, yet?

Replied: 1st Apr 2014 at 19:39

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Sorry, Tonker, still no answers.

From Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan - FB Page:

Help Shape the Future of Rivington a Terraced Gardens

Rivington Heritage Trust (RHT) is working with Groundwork, and landowner United Utilities, to secure investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to safeguard the future of the Terraced Gardens.

We've developed a questionnaire to get your views. It should take only a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is here

To stay informed, you can get updates on the project on the RHT website

Replied: 22nd Oct 2014 at 17:27

Posted by: ann-spam (3470) 


Replied: 7th Nov 2014 at 17:11

Posted by: momac (11163) 

We were up there again last Saturday..had sandwiches and
coffee underneath the pigeon tower..there were young surveyors
there,and told us that Rivington had been granted three
million pounds..think the first thing to have a makeover is
the Pigeon Tower..we love the place and spend two to three
hours walking there.

Replied: 7th Nov 2014 at 17:23

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 


Great to see the @BBCcountryfile at @RivingtonTG filming part of a Lancashire special - Photo

Another pic from yesterday, with @BBCcountryfile presenters - Photo 2

And from Wigan Council - FB Page:

A little bird tells us Ellie Harrison and the Countryfile team were filming in Wigan today.

The BBC were looking at some of the wonderful wildlife at Wigan Flashes and Three Sisters Country Park.

The footage is expected to be broadcast on BBC1 at the end of the month.

Replied: 8th Nov 2014 at 17:05
Last edited by jo anne: 8th Nov 2014 at 17:06:37

Posted by: blackrodweaver (612) 

looking out through my lounge window I can see Rivington Pike across the valley and it is lit up with a giant poppy
as part of Remembrance events across the borough, 100 years since the start of World War One.

Rivington Pike Poppy

Replied: 8th Nov 2014 at 19:52

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

Bloody Bowtoners!

PS: JOANNE, any answers to those questions, yet?

Replied: 9th Nov 2014 at 12:45
Last edited by tonker: 9th Nov 2014 at 12:51:58

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

What were they again, Tonker?!

Replied: 9th Nov 2014 at 15:31

Posted by: tonker (22707) 


Replied: 9th Nov 2014 at 16:12

Posted by: elizabeth (5439) 

I remember as a wee girl going up there and as we set off at the bottom there was aAmbulance that had brought a load of children to do th walk I remeber it well as when we got to the top my brother playfully pushed me and down I WENT ROLLONG ALL THE WAY AND SO BADLY INJURED MY FATHER PICKED ME UP AND TOOK ME TO THIS AMBULANCE LUCKY FOR ME THERE WAS A FIRST AID MAN WITH IT , ALTHOUGH HE WASNT REALLY ON DUTY HE WAS THE DRIVER THAT HAD BROUGHT THESE CHILDREN, NEVER WENT AGAIN THAT ONCE WAS ENOUGH

Replied: 25th Nov 2014 at 16:29

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

What a shame you've never been back, Elizabeth, but I can understand that putting you off going for good.

Today's BBC One Countryfile - Lancashire

Replied: 30th Nov 2014 at 18:41

Posted by: trixie (5023) 

John craven on now,

Replied: 30th Nov 2014 at 18:50

Posted by: kathpressey (5225) 

I saw that. It was nice to see the Secret gardens will be preserved

Replied: 3rd Dec 2014 at 08:57

Posted by: billy (26053) 

I was up there a couple of days ago, taking some film shots for a future painting session

Replied: 24th Jan 2015 at 22:40

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

Any answers to those questions yet, JoAnne?

Replied: 24th Jan 2015 at 23:11

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

No, sorry, Tonker, no answers yet, but I'm not losing sleeping over it.

Replied: 25th Jan 2015 at 12:44

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

You should have said, "I'm not loosing sleeping over it".

Don't forget to keep up the 'Wiganer Image'!

Replied: 25th Jan 2015 at 13:48

Posted by: momac (11163) 

Billy..good for you,hope you got some nice shots.

Replied: 25th Jan 2015 at 14:22

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

Good luck with your painting, Billy.

Tonker, I'm an Incer, but of course you're right, Ince is in Wigan, loosely-speaking!

Replied: 25th Jan 2015 at 15:02

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

@GroundworkCLM (14/1/16):

Fantastic news!
Rivington Terraced Gardens gets £3.4m @heritagelottery grant to conserve, repair & protect gardens

Link - Historic Gardens Set To Be Protected For Future Generations

Replied: 14th Jan 2016 at 08:08

Posted by: Anne (3830) 

Looks like there is a sprinkling of snow up there this morning.❄️❄️❄️

Replied: 14th Jan 2016 at 10:25

Posted by: kayleigh (1161)

There was snow up there today.

Replied: 14th Jan 2016 at 19:26

Posted by: aitch (5487) 

My eldest daughter and family did it this year on good Friday she said it was packed , up to me getting thrs illness I went at leSt once a month using the car lark half way up then walking the ready of the way and it was alway 2nd busy on a nice day

Replied: 5th May 2016 at 16:40

Posted by: momac (11163) 

We've been there the place.

Replied: 5th May 2016 at 22:41

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Only heard the other day that the filmmakers of A Monster Calls used Rivington as a backdrop in the film.

2br News

Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 17:25

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 

I didn't know that, Ayrefield, it looks like a good film.

Rivington Terraced Gardens - Facebook (11/1/17):
Yesterday we had a team from Inside Out North West filming at Rivington Terraced Gardens. Catch the episode next Monday, 16th January at 7.30pm BBC1 for some stunning backdrops.

Replied: 12th Jan 2017 at 18:31

Posted by: jo anne (33219) 


Guided walk Rivington Terraced Gardens on Sat 14th Jan 9.30am-12.00pm,
Meet at Great House Barn. Walking boots/Wellies & outdoor clothing required

Replied: 13th Jan 2017 at 13:59

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Should be a nice walk for them this morning jo anne, they won't be bothered with the midges will they.

Replied: 14th Jan 2017 at 11:15

Posted by: tonker (22707) 

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside?

Why are they based in Wigan, Greater Manchester?

Replied: 15th Jan 2017 at 00:36

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Because like the old Wigan postmark used to say - Wigan The Hub Of The Northwest.

Replied: 19th Jan 2017 at 14:57


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