SD6512 : Wilderswood

taken 8 years ago, near to Horwich, Bolton, Great Britain

Wilderswood (Wilder’s Wood) is a heavily wooded area on the southern flank of Winter Hill, south of George's Lane, near Rivington Pike. Up until the second half of the twentieth century, Wilder's Wood was much smaller than it is today, being mainly confined to the area of Wilder's Clough (LinkExternal link. – present day and historical map). The bulk of the area was once bare moorland with few trees (except for the nearby wooded cloughs) and would have been fairly busy with local coal mining activities.There was also a large house known as “Rockhaven Castle” which was demolished in 1942, possibly because it provided an ideal marker for German bombers trying to target the Loco works in Horwich (LinkExternal link About Horwich - includes a photograph of the castle in its heyday).

The larger area now covered by Wilderswood was planted with Beech, Alder, Corsican and Lodgepole pines in 1959 in an agreement between Lancashire County Council and Blackrod Urban District Council. Hybrid Larch was planted later to replace dead pines.

LinkExternal link Winter Hill Scrapbook compiled by Dave Lane
LinkExternal link “To The Wilderswood” - Mal Firth “Just Rambling On”
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 650 124 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.4405N 2:31.7993W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 650 124
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Wood  Woodland  Forest  Trees  Path  Winter Hill 

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