I took advantage of the crisp, sunny day and went up here today for a hour, I've not been for years!
This landscape near Parbold is dominated by Ashurst Hill, which rises 570 feet (170 m) above sea level and is crowned by Ashurst's Beacon.
The beacon once formed part of a relay league stretching from Everton Brow above Liverpool to Lancaster Castle, which was in place (though unused) during the Anglo–Spanish War of 1585.
The current structure dates from around 1800, when local landowner Sir William Ashurst decided that a more permanent beacon was needed for the oncoming Napoleonic Wars.
From the beacon, on a clear day, it is possible to see Wigan, Snowdonia, Manchester, the Cheshire Plain, Blackpool Tower, the Pennines, the Lake District, Liverpool and the Mersey.
|Beacon and Big Sky|
|Beacon and Viewing Guide|