Local area

The Anderton Centre is nestled at the foot of the West Pennines with exclusive access to Lower Rivington reservoir. At 2km long x 0.5km wide, we think this is the largest body of water in the North West for sailing, kayaking or canoeing after Windermere in the Lake District.

Lancashire’s mini Lake District

With three reservoirs in a row (Anglezarke, Upper Rivington reservoir and our Lower Rivington reservoir) with commanding views from the summit of Rivington Pike (pictured – 1200 ft above sea level) as far as Manchester to the Lakes and Wales on a clear day, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in the peace and quiet of the Lakes with stunning scenery and rolling hills.  Off-site walks to Winter Hill, Tockholes Woods and the stunning little hamlet of White Coppice are all achievable from our door-step (on Duke of Edinburgh or a navigation/orienteering away-day led by our instructors) as well as off-site climbing and abseiling at local crags and quarries near Anglezarke – a pleasant walk or short drive in our minibus.

Commonwealth games circuit

With steep hills and stunning countryside, Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games chose the area around the Anderton Centre for the road bike race.  Visit us and see why Bradley Wiggins also chose our area as his stomping or training ground.


Middebrook Retail Park

Groups here for long stays may enjoy the convenience of having a retail park with bowling and cinema just  5-10 minutes drive away next to Junction 6 of the M61.


Some useful websites

Please note, we do not have control over the content in these external websites but they have some useful information and stunning pictures that show off our beautiful location.



Local resident and professional photographer Jason Smalley has supported our centre with his professional photography talents.   – check out his website to see some amazing vistas and panoramic views of what we have on our doorstep.

Creative photography workshop January 24 2015 north west

Anglezarke reservoir pictured by Jason Smalley – approx 2km from our centre

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