- Pikes & Towers
I have always been quite fascinated by the pikes and towers built on top of the local hills. We are quite blessed with them around here, Darwen Tower, Rivington Pike and Peel Tower being 3 local examples. (Perhaps sadly,) I was googling the subject to see if there was some kind of dedicated website but drew a blank.
As well as the old towers there are plenty of modern works of public art such as ‘The Halo’ at Haslingden and the ‘Singing Ringing Tree’ over Burnley way.
So what have you got around your way that is worth cycling up to the top to see? Is it a northern thing or are they everywhere? Post a picture and share what you have…
Trig Points don’t count!
Nor do Pike Suspension Forks or indeed Pike fish)
Posted 4 years agobikebouySubscriber
We’ve got this here in Hampshire, Sway Tower or “Petersons Folly” apparently
It remains the tallest non-reinforced concrete structure in the world
It originally had a light on top but that could be seen from the Solent so Trinity House told them to take it off..
Still standing, lots of smaller Towers close by where they investigated methods of the build before its construction..
Posted 4 years ago
What Oban lacks in hill, it makes up for in girth
@Smudger- I love the 2 different pitches of the story of Fyrish… Built as a work creation scheme, some people call it philanthropic. But the other way to look at it was, the builders were victims of the clearances (some from his own land) and Munro refused to support them unless they were working, and paid labourers in starvation rations. Which puts a different light on the folk tale that he personally rolled stones down the hill so that it’d take longer for the workers to get them back up 😆Posted 4 years ago
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