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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 23rd March, 2018)

A Wintry Hill


A Wintry Hill
And Rivington Pike, from Southlands Avenue, Standish.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: Roy on 23rd March 2018 at 00:06

A brilliant shot David, hand held or tripod ?

Comment by: Mick on 23rd March 2018 at 00:58

A Wintry Hill and a bird

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd March 2018 at 06:53

I wonder how long the snow is going to last on that somewhat bleak landscape of the very aptly named Winter Hill.

Comment by: Alan lad on 23rd March 2018 at 07:15

Nice one .

Comment by: Gary on 23rd March 2018 at 08:35

The tallest mast went up in 1964 for the BBC2 service. The vinegar bottle shaped one,third from right, was the ITV mast ten years earlier.
As a former pupil at Rivington & Blackrod GS this is an evocative view.
Thank you David.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd March 2018 at 08:59

Some years ago we stood at the bottom of the pike,and by gum it was cold,very cold.

Comment by: Jim on 23rd March 2018 at 08:59

Great photo that’s a big bird any guesses will be appreciated thanks.

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd March 2018 at 09:50

Does anyone remember when people used to WALK up to Rivington Pike on Good Friday? It always seemed to be warm....I can actually recall getting sunburned!....and there was a funfair and ice-cream vans.

Comment by: Dorothy on 23rd March 2018 at 10:04

I was brought up in Aspull and when I was young we used to climb to the top of Rivington Pike every Good
Friday as did a lot of other people, it was always cold and usually covered in snow. Happy days!

Comment by: Pat McC on 23rd March 2018 at 11:00

Jim, he’s certainly got a bird’s eye view of Winter Hill!
Lovely photograph David - sums up the weather this winter.

Comment by: A.W. on 23rd March 2018 at 11:33

By eck, it looks cowd up theer!

Comment by: irene roberts on 23rd March 2018 at 12:30

It must have been freak weather the year I walked up to The Pike! It was 1968 or 1969.

Comment by: Poet on 23rd March 2018 at 12:37

We walked up there from Standish on Good Fridays. A spot of 'courting' in the Japanese Gardens and then walk back. I recall the ice cream vans and the fair which Irene mentions. Remember also masses of Hell's Angels gathering at the barn.
Jim ,yon brids teent be a buzzard..

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd March 2018 at 12:42

They still walk on Good Friday from 'Howfen in groups - although not as many as in years gone by.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd March 2018 at 14:40

I would say the bird is a gull

Comment by: Elizabeth on 23rd March 2018 at 16:25

I think people do still go up to Rivington, especially on Good Fridays, but not in mass exodus as in the 1960's. I remember walking to there with schoolmates in 1966, 1967 and '68.

Comment by: Ken R on 23rd March 2018 at 16:45

Yes a great photo, and we enjoyed the ritual hike up the Pike, I don't remember a really cold day but I do remember the sun and the dry grass we used to roll down some of the better slopes.

Comment by: Carolean on 23rd March 2018 at 21:41

I too well remember the Good Friday walks and walked there and back from Wigan with a bunch of mates in 1969 and 1970 - the last time for me as I moved away from Wigan later that year.

Does any one also remember that there used to be organised midnight hikes over the moor. I went on one around 1968 with Geoff Simm (RIP) and Bryan Talbot from WGS/ I presume these were organised by a (Methodist ?) Church group since we had a daylight open air service in a disused quarry - probably Anglezarke. Anyone remember these?

Comment by: Rev David Long on 23rd March 2018 at 21:42

I think it was a gull, Mick - between me and the High Street. I took the pic just before dusk last Sunday - spotting unusual light behind me as I went up School Lane - no time to go home for a tripod.
Thanks for the comments.

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