Disabled Ramblers have been updated on the progress Rivington Heritage Trust is making in their bid for a seven million pound lottery grant to restore the Terraced Gardens at Rivington in Lancashire. We attended an access audit in July to help with making the restored gardens more wheelchair friendly. The Rivington team are looking for input from the public and have sent this link …..
If you know of Rivington, plese take a moment to complete the survey and help them with their bid.
Rivington Terraced Gardens is set to feature extensively in a forthcoming episode of BBC’s, Countryfile on Sunday 30th November. This whole area has a chequered history having been one of the homes of Lord Leverhume. He left it to Bolton Council for the enjoyment of everyone. It was then requisitioned / bought by NW water company United Utilities to supply water to Liverpool.
The area includes woodlands, about eight reservoirs and the ruins of Liverpool Castle. Disabled Ramblers had a ramble on this land in 2009 which included a bumpy ride up the roughly cobbled path to the top of the Pike. It is currently well used by dog walkers, horse riders, and mountain bikes. The photos show some of the existing barriers to mobility scooters and one is the folly built by Lord Leverhume and called ‘Liverpool Castle’. These are outside the scope of the gardens project but hopefully can be improved by United Utilities in the near future.