Rivington Country Park
This lovely country park is on the edge of the West Penine Moors and makes for a fine afternoon's cycling with its reservoirs, woods and splendid scenery.
The ride is circular starting and finishing at Adlington train station and takes you through the nicest sections of the park.
To extend your exercise you can climb to the nearby Healey Nab for great views over the reservoir. On the Nab there are lots of footpaths and two colour coded mountain bike trails to try in the woodland area.
Rivington Country Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Rivington Country Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Rivington Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Rivington Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the eastern side of the reservoir in Rivington village you could enjoy some refreshments in the delightful Rivington Village Green Tea Room. There's a cosy interior where you can enjoy a good range of snacks and meals. There's also an outdoor area for warmer days and the cafe is very dog friendly too. You can find the tea rooms on Sheep House Lane with a postcode of BL6 7SD for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the north is the Brinscall Walk which follows a nice trail along The Goit Canal to White Coppice and Anglezarke Reservoir. The Withnell Nature Reserve and Abbey Village Reservoir can also be accessed near the walk.
To the west of Bolton there's a nice circular trail to be found around High Rid Reservoir. The small lake is a good place for spotting wildfowl.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lancashire Walks and West Pennine Moors Walks pages.