One of the most notable landmarks in Chorley is Rivington Pike, the 1,191 foot summit that cycling superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins, recently declared as his favourite place to cycle.
Rivington is a place where you can walk or cycle along the hillside footpaths and take in the spectacular views of Chorley from the Pigeon Tower and Rivington Pike – you can even see Blackpool Tower and the Welsh mountains on a clear day. The Pike, which is visible for miles around, was once used as a beacon to warn of invasion and is a popular attraction today.
For the more energetic you can keep walking across open moorland to the base of the television mast and transmitter, which dominates the skyline to the east of Chorley. It is lit up at night and looks impressive if you make it to the base – on a windy day you can see the mast swaying from side to side.
On the northwest slopes of the Pike, visitors can enjoy the Babylonian terraced gardens and the ruins of miniature lakes, waterfalls, pagodas and oriental tea houses. This is the legacy left behind by Lord Leverhulme, the founder of the Lever brothers, who enjoyed extravagant architecture and the Rivington countryside. It was also Lord Leverhulme who once owned the magnificent Rivington Hall Barn. A replica of Liverpool Castle is another landmark well worth checking out. It boasts a cracking view over one of the many reservoirs in the area. If you’re a thrill seeker, why not try the Go Ape high wire forest adventure. Or visit the Barn for a traditional English afternoon tea of to observe the weekly gathering of motorcyclists – a spectacular sight and sound.
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