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 Photo-a-Day      (Friday, 23rd March, 2018) Views: 2,167 
A Wintry Hill
 A Wintry Hill   by David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
And Rivington Pike, from Southlands Avenue, Standish.

Comment by Roy on 23rd March 2018 at 00:06
A brilliant shot David, hand held or tripod ?


Comment by Mick on 23rd March 2018 at 00:58
A Wintry Hill and a bird


Comment by Veronica on 23rd March 2018 at 06:53
I wonder how long the snow is going to last on that somewhat bleak landscape of the very aptly named Winter Hill.


Comment by Alan lad on 23rd March 2018 at 07:15
Nice one .


Comment by Gary on 23rd March 2018 at 08:35
The tallest mast went up in 1964 for the BBC2 service. The vinegar bottle shaped one,third from right, was the ITV mast ten years earlier.
As a former pupil at Rivington & Blackrod GS this is an evocative view.
Thank you David.


Comment by Maureen on 23rd March 2018 at 08:59
Some years ago we stood at the bottom of the pike,and by gum it was cold,very cold.


Comment by Jim on 23rd March 2018 at 08:59
Great photo thatís a big bird any guesses will be appreciated thanks.


Comment by irene roberts on 23rd March 2018 at 09:50
Does anyone remember when people used to WALK up to Rivington Pike on Good Friday? It always seemed to be warm....I can actually recall getting sunburned!....and there was a funfair and ice-cream vans.


Comment by Dorothy on 23rd March 2018 at 10:04
I was brought up in Aspull and when I was young we used to climb to the top of Rivington Pike every Good
Friday as did a lot of other people, it was always cold and usually covered in snow. Happy days!


Comment by Pat McC on 23rd March 2018 at 11:00
Jim, heís certainly got a birdís eye view of Winter Hill!
Lovely photograph David - sums up the weather this winter.


Comment by A.W. on 23rd March 2018 at 11:33
By eck, it looks cowd up theer!


Comment by irene roberts on 23rd March 2018 at 12:30
It must have been freak weather the year I walked up to The Pike! It was 1968 or 1969.


Comment by Poet on 23rd March 2018 at 12:37
We walked up there from Standish on Good Fridays. A spot of 'courting' in the Japanese Gardens and then walk back. I recall the ice cream vans and the fair which Irene mentions. Remember also masses of Hell's Angels gathering at the barn.
Jim ,yon brids teent be a buzzard..


Comment by Veronica on 23rd March 2018 at 12:42
They still walk on Good Friday from 'Howfen in groups - although not as many as in years gone by.


Comment by Mick on 23rd March 2018 at 14:40
I would say the bird is a gull


Comment by Elizabeth on 23rd March 2018 at 16:25
I think people do still go up to Rivington, especially on Good Fridays, but not in mass exodus as in the 1960's. I remember walking to there with schoolmates in 1966, 1967 and '68.


Comment by Ken R on 23rd March 2018 at 16:45
Yes a great photo, and we enjoyed the ritual hike up the Pike, I don't remember a really cold day but I do remember the sun and the dry grass we used to roll down some of the better slopes.


Comment by Carolean on 23rd March 2018 at 21:41
I too well remember the Good Friday walks and walked there and back from Wigan with a bunch of mates in 1969 and 1970 - the last time for me as I moved away from Wigan later that year.

Does any one also remember that there used to be organised midnight hikes over the moor. I went on one around 1968 with Geoff Simm (RIP) and Bryan Talbot from WGS/ I presume these were organised by a (Methodist ?) Church group since we had a daylight open air service in a disused quarry - probably Anglezarke. Anyone remember these?


Comment by Rev David Long on 23rd March 2018 at 21:42
I think it was a gull, Mick - between me and the High Street. I took the pic just before dusk last Sunday - spotting unusual light behind me as I went up School Lane - no time to go home for a tripod.
Thanks for the comments.


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