This is an easy walk around Lever Park and Rivington. The route is level and follows established paths. It takes in many of the park’s main attractions and sights; Rivington Hall Barn, Rivington Hall, Liverpool Castle, Lower Rivington Reservoir, the Great House Information Centre (United Utilities), and the Great House Barn.
The walk starts at Rivington Hall Barn. There’s a large car park here plus plenty of parking on the driveway. Parking is free. Rivington Hall Barn is situated just off Rivington Lane (postcode BL6 7SB).
From Rivington Hall Barn, walk to Rivington Hall and head south along a series of woodland paths. After walking for around three quarters of a mile you’ll reach Rivington Lane. Cross the road and take the tree-lined avenue to Liverpool Castle.
After exploring Liverpool Castle, head north following the path that runs parallel to the shoreline of Lower Rivington Reservoir. There are plenty of opportunities along the path to head down to the reservoir. After about half a mile the path heads west and joins Rivington Lane.
The Great House Information Centre is run by United Utilities, the owners of Lever Park. It features exhibits highlighting the history of Rivington village, Liverpool Castle, the reservoirs, and many other aspects of the park. It also stocks a decent selection of maps, guides, and walking books.
The Great House Barn is next door to the information centre. The original structure probably dates back to the sixteenth century, but there have been significant alterations over the years. It was built using an oak cruck frame. It now operates as a café and offers both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Leaving the Great House Barn, take the drive directly opposite. This will take you back to Rivington Hall Barn.
If you’ve got the energy and time, you could walk to Rivington Pike via Rivington Terraced Gardens.