Area Guide

A small and extremely picturesque village at the foot of Rivington Pike on the fringes of the West Pennine Moors, Rivington is some 8.5 miles from the centre of Bolton and just 6 miles from the centre of Chorley.

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The name Rivington is made up of the Old English words riv or hreof, meaning ‘rough’ and tun meaning settlement or place. Settlements have existed here possibly as far back as the Bronze Age with evidence of Anglo- Saxon inhabitants before the village and its lands became the home of a branch of the Pilkington Family in 1290. The family owned the estate, extending Rivington Hall and Rivington Hall Barn, rebuilding the chapel and founding Rivington Grammar School in the 15th and 16th centuries. A series of families of title owned the estate, with John Andrews of  Little Lever responsible for building the Pike Tower in 1733. The manor and the estate were acquired from the Cromptons, who had lived there since 1834, by William Hesketh Lever – Lord Leverhulme who, following compulsory purchase of the estate by Liverpool Corporation as part of its reservoir scheme in 1902, created the 364 acre Lever Park with its famous barns, Oriental Gardens, Pigeon Tower and stunning walks in what became known as the Little Lake District following the creation of the reservoirs.

Properties in Rivington

Properties rarely come to the market in Rivington and when they do they command premium prices. Detached, bespoke stone properties can easily rise above £1,000,000 and toward the £1,500,000 bracket whilst smaller period character properties, such as the beautiful row of Pall Mall cottages, can achieve around £350,000 to £400,000 as a guide. Travel to the other side of Rivington and you can find hamlets such as Heapey and White Coppice which offer individual properties from around £400,000 to £500,000 as a guide and offer idyllic, picture postcard living. Rivington and the surrounding areas are lifestyle choices for buyers and the beautiful open countryside just adds to the beauty of the unique properties in this village.

Leisure and Outdoors

A destination for lovers of the great outdoors, Rivington is considered as a jewel in Lancashire’s countryside crown. Hikers and cyclists flock to the miles of trails crisscrossing the area, many of them heading for the Pike and beyond to Winter Hill and many of them enjoying the tranquility of woodland and lakeside walks in our very own ‘Little Lake District. For the more adventurous, there is even a ‘Go Ape’ aerial adventure land in the heart of Lever Park. Of course, ending the day with a meal or just an ice-cream at one of the barns is the perfect reward after a hard day outdoors.

Schools, Shopping and Transport

A short drive from the M61 and the rest of the North’s motorway network, Rivington is just minutes away from Horwich, with its busy shopping and weekly market and Middlebrook Retail Park for the more committed shopper, while Chorley is  only 15 minutes away. Railway stations at Blackrod and Horwich Parkway offer regular services for rail commuters and bus services run from Horwich and nearby Addlington to Bolton, Chorley and Preston. With Rivington Foundation Primary School in the village centre, Rivington and Blackrod High School on the southern edge, good road links give easy access to other schools in the area – although the school-run rush hour can be a little challenging at times.

Property for sale or rent in Rivington, Bolton

Property for sale or rent in Rivington, Bolton