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Rivington And The Terraced Gardens

Grade : E
Distance : 6¾Km (4¼ miles)
Height Climbed : 248 metres (814 feet)
Map : Explorer 287
Stiles : 0
Summary : Starting from the Rivington Great House Barn car park the route takes you along the shore of Lower Rivington Reservoir and past The Castle, followed by a steady but gentle climb up to the Japanese lake. It then meanders down through the terraced gardens complete with a waterfall finishing with a final lakeside section back to the car park.
Terrain : A fairly easily followed route that can be boggy in places with one steady but gentle climb and some flights of steps that can be slippery when wet.
Start : Rivington Great House Barn car park, Rivington    NGR: SD 6287 1387    Nearest Post Code: BL6 7SB (Spring Cottage - about 300 metres to the north of the car park).
Access by car : From the M61 J8 Take the A674 and A6 towards and through Chorley, to bear left by Morrison's along Brooke Street. After nearly ½ mile at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Cowling Brow and continue ahead for a couple of miles. Turn left at a crossroad into Horrobin Lane signed to Rivington. Continue for about 1 mile and turn right into the Great Hall Barn car park, just after the Rivington Hall and Rivington Hall Barn turning on your left.
Access by public transport : none


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Take the track past the Go Ape Cabin and turn left at the "T" junction the other side of this barrier.

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Follow this path ahead round to and parallel with the shore of Lower Rivington Reservoir, which was built in the 1800's. It is one of a line of 8 reservoirs collectively referred to as Lancashire's little Lake District that supply Liverpool's drinking water.

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You take the left hand fork at this junction after detouring round a head of woodland as you keep to the main path.

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Take the right hand fork at this junction.

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This brings you to a castle where your route is left at this junction by its entrance to follow the long straight track. For a look round the castle go right through the stone archway entrance.
This castle is known as Lever Castle, Liverpool Castle or simply The Castle. It is a scale replica of the demolished thirteenth century castle in Liverpool that Lord Leverhulme had built in the early 1900's specifically as a ruin.

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Keep to the straight track ahead until you reach this large stone where you turn left along a path running alongside the main road.

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After nearly 100 metres cross the road at these bollards and head up the bridleway on the other side.

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As the bridleway fades on approaching a prominent track it bends left alongside it. Cross the track to go sharp right the other side of the bridleway signed bollards in the picture.

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On reaching this cobbled track go left through the gates and continue ahead.

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Eventually you go through these gates to enter the terraced gardens, immediately bear right up the steps.
The terraced gardens were the brainchild of Lord Leverhulme the founder of Lever Brothers. They consist of terraces with paths linking various features a lot of which are grade II listed.

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Go left at this junction at the top of the steps past the Japanese Lake.
Together with its lanterns, a pagoda and waterfalls over a man-made rock wall with small caves, the lake was the centre-piece of the terraced gardens. Unfortunately as you can see, just the lake and a few remains are still present.

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Go sharp left at this indistinct junction at the top end of the lake down a set of steps and straight across a cobbled track to the path on the other side.

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Almost immediately go left at this junction.

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At this junction at the bottom of a flight of steps go right.

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Then very shortly go left down this flight of steps.

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Go right here at the bottom of the steps past a waterfall.

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Keep ahead to this second junction where you go left down the steps.

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Then left again here at the bottom to cross the stream at the base of the waterfall where you get a view of the full height of the cascades.

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At this second junction after the waterfall cascade, go sharp right on a zigzag path.

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To bear right here along the main track.

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Go left at this junction after the second gate.

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Then right through the gate at this track junction.

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Bear left at this next junction then keep ahead crossing two roads.

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On reaching this path junction near a small car park, turn sharp left parallel with Lower Rivington Reservoir. The reservoir should now be to your right all the way to the last junction of the walk.

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Here you bear left back past the Go Ape Cabin to the car park. If you fancy some post walk refreshments, then visit the Rivington Great House Barn, one of two sixteenth century "cruck barns" in Rivington, it is reportedly one of the oldest cruck barns in Lancashire and is a Grade II listed building.

last route check 23/10/2018
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Last route check 23/10/2018