Rivington, Lancashire

Rivington is a civil parish of the Borough of Chorley, in Lancashire, England. Rivington sits below 'The Pike' and further east is Winter Hill, Lancashire both are within the West Pennines in Northern England. The area is within the 10,000 acre catchment area of the Rivington Pike Scheme supplying water to Liverpool, managed by United utilities. The Latitude and Longitude of Rivington is 53.6254 and -2.5664 respectively. The valley has a height above sea level of 146.14 Meters, the most visible local landmark is Rivington Pike at 1,191 feet (363 metres). The distance to Bolton is 9 mile by car. The name Rivington settled in 1827, prior to that it was also known as other variations of the name

The author Wm. Fergusson Irvine in 1904 wrote an account of the place names that is an interesting read for those interested in this subject, the extract can be read or downloaded as an acrobat file at this link.

Rivington Today

Cycling to Castle, Rivington1)

Rivington is a rural area and is a popular tourist attraction - its preservation is attributed to tourism. The area is one of scenic beauty and within its boundaries are 20 listed buildings and structures, a list is located at a link here.

The Lever Park area has two barns serving refreshments, a replica of Liverpool castle and toward the Pike Leverhulmes Bungalow grounds features its Pigeon tower, Pike Tower and bridge. The Lever Park Barns are accessible on foot, cycle and car. The Pike Tower and Bungalow grounds can be accessed via Georges Lane by car but on arriving the paths include many steps and slopes.

The area is a popular place for walkers, cyclists and families on days out and most people go and venture along the banks of the Rivington Lower and higher reservoirs and the large adjacent Anglezarke reservoir.

In the Victorian period the area was known as the little lake district. The old quarries at Anglezarke nearby are today popular with climbers.

The Lower Rivington reservoir has facilities located at the Anderton side for boating and outdoor activities at the Anderton Centre.

Helicopter fly overs also available from locations within driving distance. For Hikers in addition to Rivington Pike, there are another 12 hill summits in the area of Rivington. Lever Park is protected by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902, link here.


For Cyclists a local business provides mountain bike tutorials on how to ride safely and exclusively on bridleways. The groups site is at http://www.mountainbikeskills.co.uk The group also campaigns for better provision for cyclists at the Terraced Gardens.

Rivington Pike - View From Blackrod. To the left is Reebok Stadium the home of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.2)


One of the features of Lever Park close to Great House Barn is today the Go-Ape venue, which has proved very popular with visitors, located on the banks of the Lower Rivington Reservoir, combined with other attractions in the park can make for a great day out with the family.

Anderton Centre

On the opposite bank of the same reservoir is the Anderton Centre, open for bookings,

Rivington and District

Rivington is an oasis in a desert of rapidly blackening country. The encircling names of industry are fast licking up all the green and tender things of life, leaving only an arid waste of cinder heaps. The curves of the oak and beech have given way to the straight chimney-shaft, while the farmstead with its quaint gables has been levelled to find space for gaunt factory walls. But at the borders of Rivington all this is stayed. 


Rivingtons countryside continues seamlessly toward its neighbouring areas at Horwich, Anderton, Heath Charnock, Anglezarke, and Belmont.

One of Rivingtons pre historic sites is on Rivington Moor, the Noon Hill Saucer Tumulus, excavated in 1958 revealed two tanged barbed flint arrowheads, a sacrificial flint knife with one side conventional and the other saw toothed, the artefects are dated to around 1100BC. 3)

On the Horwich boundary the Douglas river flows through The Clough, a glacial gorge, also the site of a find dated to 2500BC.4) The river Douglas heads south through Wigan and is the boundary between Horwich and Rivington. The River was diverted in the early 20th century. At Red Moss near Blackrod a skull from 1058BC was found in 1942, a first century rotary top quern was also found at Red Moss.5)

Anderton has a number of old buildings, many of which are listed status. The oldest monument in Anderton is the mysterious Headless Cross or Headless Boggart as it is locally known.

Anglezarke with its vast moorland is rural with ruins of old farms and many prehistoric sites like nearby Winter Hill, where in 1958 pollen dating established the existance of a burial mound from c.1500BC.6) Artefacts, including a cinerary urn from 1100BC found at Noon Hill can be viewed at Bolton Museum.7)

Lever Park, Rivington, 1904 Map

An high resolution historic map of the Lever Park proposed area showing the locations of many buildings since demolished can be obtained by downloading from this link. The map gives clear indication of the boundary of the park created by Lord Leverhulme and protected by the Liverpool Corporation Act 1902.

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The Rivington Pike Complex is 8 reservoirs known as Higher Roddlesworth, Lower Roddlesworth, Rake Brook, Anglezarke, High Bullough, Yarrow, Upper Rivington and Lower Rivington which are interconnected flowing via 'The Goit' at Anglezarke to the system of reservoirs at Rivington supplying water to the city of Liverpool.

Countryside Code

Rivington has many tourist attractions, for the Terraced Gardens and Pike there is also car parking and with good access for walkers and families. Rivington is served by good overnight accomodation and hotels Travelodge Bolton West M61 Southbound 0871 984 6334, De Vere Whites, Middlebrook 01204 667788, Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Bolton0 844 815 9095, Rivington Soaring Association 01204 300049, Premier Inn Bolton West 0871 527 8118.

Natural England produce the countryside code: Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs, Leave gates and property as you find them, Protect plants and animals and take your litter home, Keep dogs under close control, Consider other people.8)

In summer moorland fires can spread quickly causing significant damage to the landscape. People should avoid lighting fires and should not discard cigarettes, matches or glass bottles when visiting Rivington or adjacent moorland.9)

Local Police are Lancashire Constabulary 0845 1253545, in emergency 999. Bolton Mountain Rescue operate in the area, a recent rescue being a man who had collapsed at Rivington Pike.10)

Moorland visitors code

Moorland fires can start with as little as a discarded Cigarette, if you do start a fire you could end up with a prosecution and a large bill for fire engines.

View Looking down Georges Lane, toward Pike Cottage the former Sportmans Arms. On the horizon is Winter Hill Mast to the left, Two Lads in the centre, Wilderswood is on the right, April 201111)

Easter 2011, Disposable barbecue suspected cause of moorland blaze

Rivington, Latest News

The local newspapers covering Rivington are:

Further reading

Books on CD in acrobat format may be bought via an order from the site.

My first site was created in 1996 for dial up. The site is being updated and some sections are still in draft. Contributions & suggestions for site are welcome please feel free to contact me please use Rivington in the subject line: Suggestions

Details of local organisations and charities may be found at at the link here

A BIG thanks to the contributors who have helped.


The text and images used on the site are copyright unless otherwise stated, copyright may be held by the sites author or be in use with consent where copyright is retained by a contributor.

Paul Lacey, Bolton, England, 2010. .


This site is the oldest and first web site published by anyone about Rivington in Lancashire, the original page was first created in 1996 for dial up modems of 33KB speed, times have changed and the page format is changing also, it is with big thank's to Angelfire now angelfire.lycos.com for reliably hosting since then. At present (2017) the pages are being reworked and many links will for the time being take you to the byethost14.com site as files are moved across. It is also with big thanks to the late David Owen for his kind assistance in research and also a big thanks to Martin Brownlow over many years for his support and tips on content. http://rivington.byethost14.com/


1) Courtesy flattyresmtbroutes updated web address for flattyresmtbroutes
2) Photo, copyright, 2011, P Lacey
3) , 6) , 7) Horwich, M.D Smith, pg 3
4) Horwich, M.D Smith, pg 2
5) Horwich, M.D Smith, pg 5
11) Photo, copyright, 2011, P. Lacey, Bolton


This research is cross referenced to a great many sources and includes examination of original documents. 

This site is recorded on the Internet archive, at the link here.