At 287m asl, this is the highest roadside viewpoint in the Lancaster area (Clougha Pike is higher, at 413m, but 2 km away across open moorland). From here, weather permitting, one can see as far as Wales in the south-west and the Isle of Man in the north-west, plus the Lakeland Fells, Morecambe Bay and the expanse of western Lancashire as far south as the tower of Liverpool's Anglican cathedral.
As the plaque by the steps (click it for an enlargement) says, the tower itself was built to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria (fiftieth anniversary of her reign) in 1887.
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