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Some Images of 2013

This is a short selection of pictures that I took during my walks in 2013 that didn’t make it into any of my posts but which nevertheless I thought you might like to see.

23rd January. This is the Seven Arched Bridge, one of several follies built for the late Lord Leverhulme. Spanning Roynton Lane and joining both halves of the Terraced Gardens, it is designed in the Romanesque style and was inspired by one seen in Nigeria on one of Lord Leverhulme’s visits to Africa.

Seven Arched Bridge, Rivington Terraced Gardens.

Seven Arched Bridge, Rivington Terraced Gardens.

11th February. I’ve photographed this tree many times over the past few years, but this is one of the first I’ve got on a snowy day. It stands on the site of the ruins of Burnt Edge Farm.

Site of the ruins of Burnt Edge Farm.

Site of the ruins of Burnt Edge Farm.

5th March. I always find it difficult to get an interesting shot of the main telecommunications mast on Winter Hill, so this time I thought I’d try an “arty” treatment. 😉

The main telecommunications mast on Winter Hill.

The main telecommunications mast on Winter Hill.

19th April. Molly appears totally oblivious to the lovely Rivington daffodils, but fortunately didn’t do any damage in her mad dashing to and fro. 😉

Daffodils in Rivington.

Daffodils in Rivington.

23rd April. My good friend Anne Hayes on our regular weekly walk, this time on Darwen Moor.

Anne walking on Darwen Moor.

Anne walking on Darwen Moor.

29th April. This picture is something of an optical illusaion, in that the old Stone Gatehouse that guarded one of the entrances to Lord Leverhulme’s home no longer exists. I managed to find a picture of how it used to look and merged it with a picture I took of the gate posts, the only part of the structure that still remains.

How the old Stone Gatehouse in Rivington used to look.

How the old Stone Gatehouse in Rivington used to look.

22nd May. This is all that remains of Rockhaven, once one of the most impressive features of the Horwich landscape. Its silhouette dominated the skyline behind Brinks Row and the rabbit infested Brinks Wood. Rockhaven was developed by local attorney Richard Brownlow who, during the 1880′s added the parapets that gave it the appearance of a castle. This was the reason that Rockhaven became known as Rockhaven Castle.

All that remains of Rockhaven Castle.

All that remains of Rockhaven Castle.

22nd May. Now that many of the pine trees have been removed from Wilderswood, and until the newly planted more indigenous trees grow tall, there is a good view of Rivington Pike Tower from the edge of the woods. This is the best one I’ve managed so far.

Rivington Pike Tower viewed from the edge of Wilderswood.

Rivington Pike Tower viewed from the edge of Wilderswood.

23rd May. As the bluebells begin to die off the ferns start to appear. They grow quickly and soon they will be chest high.

Ferns appearing as the bluebells die off.

Ferns appearing as the bluebells die off.

23rd May. A couple of walkers taking the opportunity for a sunny afternoon stroll around Rivington.

Juat strolling on a sunny afternoon in Rivington.

Juat strolling on a sunny afternoon in Rivington.

24th June. The Japanese Gardens, built for the late Lord Leverhullme, provide a pleasant place to stroll around, with plenty of shady trees for those hot, sunny days.

Shady trees by the Ornamental Lake in the Japanese Garden.

Shady trees by the Ornamental Lake in the Japanese Garden.

29th June. An abundance of cotton grass on Winter Hill, giving the appearance of a light snowfall.

Cotton grass on Winter Hill.

Cotton grass on Winter Hill.

23rd July. During an afternoon stroll along Georges Lane with my friend Anne Hayes and her daughter Shauna, we came across these two very young foals and their, no doubt very protective, mums.

Two very young foals with their mums.

Two very young foals with their mums.

18th August. A view of Holdens Farm on the east side of Winter Hill, looking from the path up onto Burnt Edge.

View of Holdens Farm beneath Winter Hill.

View of Holdens Farm beneath Winter Hill.

30th September. Although autumn is almost upon us, and the leaves are beginning to fall, there is still lots of greenery around amongst the shady trees.

Strolling amongst the shady trees in Rivington.

Strolling amongst the shady trees in Rivington.

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4 comments on “Some Images of 2013

  1. knace
    October 8, 2013

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! You dogs always look so full of doggie joy. 🙂
    I especially like the ones of the tree at the ruins of Burnt Edge Farm – would make a nice postcard – and the one of your friend Anne on Darwen Moor. That vista of the sky behind her is so striking. And of course, nothing quite so satisfying as a big stick to carry along!

    • Mal Firth
      October 8, 2013

      Thanks for your kind comments. Darwen Moor has some fine views around the edges, though it can appear rather featureless in the middle when you are surrounded by vegetation covered peat. Brett is always happy when he’s carrying a stick, in fact if he could he would collect all the sticks in the world. 😉

  2. Paul
    January 6, 2014

    great work on the photo of the old gate house.

    • Mal Firth
      January 6, 2014

      Thanks Paul, I’ve passed by those stone pillars many times, and when I came across the old picture of the gate house I was intrigued to see if I could combine the two.

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