Winter Hill (North West England)

Winter Hill (North West England)

Winter Hill is a hill on the border of the boroughs of Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton, in North West England. It is located on Rivington Moor, Chorley and is 456 metres (1,496 ft) high. Part of the West Pennine Moors, it is a popular walking area, and has been the setting for mining activity, aeroplane disasters and murders.

Its prominent position made it the ideal site for the Winter Hill TV Mast, transmitting to a large part of North West England. There are also a number of other telecommunication masts and towers around the summit and side of the hill for mobile phones, Professional Mobile Radio users and emergency services. Lancashire Constabulary was the first to use the site for one of their base stations in 1950; they had to build the road and it is said to have been built by policemen.

Paths to the summit lead from Belmont & Rivington in Chorley Borough, as well as Horwich and Blackrod in Bolton Borough. The summit can be reached via a short walk from the top of a road pass 2 km west of Belmont. The hill is a distinctive feature on the skyline for most of the Borough of Chorley and further afield due to its unusual shape. Winter Hill's topographic prominence results in it being classified as a Marilyn. The trig point on its summit marks the highest point in Blackburn with Darwen whereas the highest point in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton appears 400 metres away on its south east slope at 447 metres above sea level.

It offers views over the Greater Manchester Urban Area, including Manchester city centre, the Civic Centre in Oldham, Salford, Werneth Low, Wigan and Bolton. In clear weather conditions, it also offers views of Blackpool Tower, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Snaefell in the Isle of Man, the Cumbrian mountains, Snowdonia in North Wales, Liverpool, Southport, the Irish Sea, Peak District, the Pennines and much of the North West of England. Almost uniquely in the United Kingdom, on a clear day the summit offers a view of four national parks - The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Snowdonia.

The Rivington area contains remains of Lever Park and the private gardens constructed for William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme in which several listed structures remain today.

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Winter Hill (North West England) - Nearby Hill Summits
... Name Locality Elevation OS grid reference Winter Hill † Rivington 456 metres (1,496 ft) SD659149 Counting Hill Smithills/Belmont 433 metres (1,421 ft) SD671141 Two Lads Hill † Horwich 389 metres (1,276 ft) SD655133 Noon Hill † Rivington 380 metres (1,247 ft) SD647150 Crooked Edge Hill Horwich 375 metres (1,230 ft) SD654134 Rivington Pike Rivington 363 metres (1,191 ft) SD643138 Adam Hill Horwich 360 metres (1,181 ft) SD660126 White Brow Horwich 358 metres (1,175 ft) SD661124 Whimberry Hill Belmont 340 metres (1,115 ft) SD686139 Egg Hillock Belmont 328 metres (1,076 ft) SD684142 Brown Hill Rivington 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD644135 Brown Lowe Smithills 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD669130 Burnt Edge Horwich 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD667125 † Denotes walker's cairn or similar. ...

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