Winter Hill

Paul Gibbons

Joined August 2007

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Winter Hill is a hill on the border of Lancashire and Greater Manchester, in North West England. It is located on Rivington Moor between Chorley and Bolton 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 UFO sightings, 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 also a number of other telecommunication masts and towers around the summit and side of the hill for mobile phones, PMR 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, Horwich, Rivington and Bolton, but 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 Greater Manchester, and further due to its unusual shape.

In clear weather conditions, it offers views over the Greater Manchester Urban Area, including Manchester city centre, the Civic Centre in Oldham, Salford, Werneth Low, Wigan and nearby Bolton. 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.

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