The Beach in Rishton

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Rishton's very own beach is found at the East end of the town, partly manmade and partly natures own.

Rishton Reservoir in 2001.

Sand was quarried in the Eastern part of the village, long before any houses were built there. The area was well known for its quarried sand, becoming known locally as "Sandy Holes".

With the advent of the opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in 1810, and the construction of the reservoir to feed it some 18 years later in 1828, the beach was created with the flooding of "Cuttelache".


Rishton beach seen here at low tide on the 18th February 2009.

The Eastern bank of the Reservoir is the only place where sand can be found on the shores edge, the Northern Bank being the stone dam, the Southern bank being the railway parapet, and the Western Bank being mixed with the soil from Cutt Wood park to create a muddy sand.

On one of the many sunny days in Rishton, it is a quiet, peaceful place to go, sheltered by the field embankment, one can enjoy many a secluded hours sunbathing.

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