It was a glorious clear day last time we climbed up Rivington Pike. We could see as far as Blackpool Tower and the Bowland Fells in the north. It was some years since we have walked up to this fantastic view point and the paths have been improved recently. To reach Rivington Pike you can walk through Rivington Terraced Gardens, 45 acres of hillside garden created for William Hesketh Lever of Lever Brothers, now Unilever, in the early 20th century. Explore the many paths over the hillside and you will find the Japanese Gardens, the Pigeon Tower and an ornate stone bridge. After the greenery of the gardens you emerge on to the moorland of Rivington Moor. The tower on Rivington Pike is a local landmark that we always head for on our walks here and look out for as we drive up the M61.
Jim Evans is remembered on two benches overlooking this splendid view. He was clearly a man who was loved by his family and both they and his colleagues and friends wanted to remember him with a memorial bench. The benches overlook the gardens and the chain of Rivington Reservoirs built in the 19th century to supply water to Liverpool.
Only 58-years-old when he died, Jim Evans is remembered on one bench from his family and another from his work mates at Flowtechnology UK. This company distributes hydraulic and pneumatic products from their centre in Skelmersdale.
Plans are now afoot to restore Rivington’s Terraced Gardens with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, United Utilities and others. This will continue to be a much-loved place to visit for Lancashire folk.