Bolton is blessed with having beautiful surroundings ideal for a picturesque walk all year round.

As we enter into the multi-coloured season of autumn, we wanted to know your favourite places to get out to take in the borough's scenery. 

So, strap on your walking boots, grab your waterproofs, and get your flask filled up – and perhaps take some snaps and post them into The Bolton News Camera Club while you’re out there.

The following have all been put forward by Bolton News readers and are in no particular order.

Many people have suggested Rivington as the perfect autumn destination, with the most obvious route taking ramblers up towards Rivington Pike – a popular recommendation.

The Bolton News: Rivington PikeRivington Pike (Image: Newsquest)

There is plenty more to see than just the pike, however.

While you are up there, there are plenty of historic monuments to visit. The Pigeon Tower, Rivington Terraced Gardens and Lever’s Bridge are all worth a visit, although they were all omitted from reader’s suggestions.

Liverpool Castle, which overlooks Lower Rivington Reservoir, was a popular choice with our readership though, and it’s certainly a walk to get in this autumn.

One person said: “Rivington Liverpool Castle - crunchy leaves everywhere.”

Speaking of reservoirs, Bolton is home to a vast array of them – many of which can be the idea place for a pleasant autumnal outing.

The Bolton News’ readers frequently picked out Turton’s reservoirs, including Wayoh, Entwistle, and Jumbles Country Park.

The Bolton News: Entwistle ReservoirEntwistle Reservoir (Image: Newsquest)

One said: “Walk around the Jumbles then a nice 10-minute walk to Bradshaw Hall Fisheries for a latte and a scrummy sausage butty and a smile off the staff.”

Whereas another said: “Turton Tower area is nice.”

Not far from the tower, Cheetham Close Stone circle was also suggested.

Another popular area is Smithills, which is home to such attractions as Smithills Hall, Barrow Bridge, Moss Bank Park.

The Bolton News: Smithills HallSmithills Hall (Image: Newsquest)

If you head to the opposite side of the borough, Farnworth, Darcy Lever, Tonge Fold and Breightmet all have offerings in the shape of Crompton Lodges, Moses Gate Country Park, Leverhulme Park, and Seven Acres Country Park.

Here is another lovely suggestion by one of our readers: “Side of the Croal, up Deane Clough, around the bottom end of the jam butty estate, back down to the Croal via the side of Deane Golf Club, up to where the Lostock Arms used to be.

“Onto Regent Road, through Regent Park Golf Course, past the Wanderers training ground and back.

The Bolton News: Regent Park Golf ClubRegent Park Golf Club (Image: Newsquest)

“Plenty of wildlife and loads of lovely like-minded people to pass the time of day with.”

There are honourable mentions too for Chorley’s Anglezarke Reservoir, White Coppice, and Coppull caves.


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