Belmont – Why I love my village
By Felicity Mason -
North Lancashire: 01995 603180
Belmont is a small moorland village on the A675 close to the Greater Manchester border the town of Bolton. Formally known as Horden, Belmont stands at 900ft above sea level at the bottom of Winter Hill which is the highest point in the West Pennines and certainly a popular area for walkers. Winter Hill is well known for the TV mast which can be seen for miles on a clear day.
The village was based on the bleaching and dyeing industries and most of the housing was built to accommodate the calico print works that closed down in the 1860s. The Bleach Works are a reminder of the industrial past and is now known as ‘The Bleach Works Event Bar’.
There are many walks in the rolling countryside, where locals and visitors alike can explore Rivington Pike, Darwen Tower and Tockholes, to name a few. The Black Dog is the local hostelry where you can have a welcome pint, following a ramble or sailing and canoeing at Bolton Sailing Club at Belmont Reservoir and Delph Sailing Club at Delph Reservoir. Another local attraction is Ward’s Resovoir, known locally as the Blue Lagoon, which historically supplied water to the industrial mills below Belmont.
Belmont offers a mixed-bag of properties with many being rural, or the old millworkers’ cottages. Unusually, some housing is built into the steep hillside giving a two-storey frontage with four storeys at the rear. There is newer housing available too and Belmont really can accommodate most prospective purchasers wants and needs.
The thing I love most about Belmont, being brought up in a farming environment elsewhere, I can still have a rural home life but have easy access to the motorway links and am only a short distance from The Trafford Centre and Manchester Airport, yet am still surrounded by countryside giving views as far as Wales on the clearest of days.