Archive for October, 2011

My October Half term (some of the things i got up to )

Posted in Berwick, Berwick upon Tweed, Chain Bridge Honey farm, Cove, Erdington, Honey, Newcastle, Paxton, River Tweed, Routemaster Bus, Scotland, Smugglers Tunnel, Union Bridge, Union Chain Bridge, Whiteadder water with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Note from Dad, This is just a overview , Jake and I are working on separate blog entries for some of the key trips.

we stayed at Paxton

Paxton is very historic -Saxton
 
This is the memorial at Paxton for the people who died in the first and second world war

This is Whiteadder water

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteadder_Water
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edrington
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Edrington_castle_%26_mill.jpg

Bridge across the water

This is Cove -it has a smugglers tunnel and a mine and a brill beach

http://www.cockburnspathandcove.co.uk/

The natural harbour at Cove has been used by local fishermen since the early 1600s, and during the 1700s a number of efforts were made to improve it. These included the digging of the remarkable tunnel through the headland that still provides access to the beach, together with a series of side chambers used to store locally caught fresh fish and a wide range of smuggled goods from the continent. The side chambers continued to be used as changing rooms by hardy bathers until they were sealed up in 1981. Despite this, the walk through to the rock shelter at the far end of the tunnel is an interestingly eerie experience.




http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/58875/manuscripts/cove+harbour+coal+mine/

The Mine !

view out of the mine -it goes very deep under the sea!

entrance to the mine

one of the caves !

the smugglers tunnel ! you walk through this to the beach !

our trip to Berwick

across the old bridge into Berwick

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berwick-upon-Tweed


http://www.exploreberwick.co.uk/

the walls

It was very windy today !

a old gun placement !

me and Evie looking at a old cannon

running along the wall

Lots of old buildings

Union Chain Bridge oldest suspension bridge still carry traffic we drove across this !

 Linking Scotland and England, the nearby Union Chain Bridge, opened in 1820, was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world. It was also the first of its kind in Britain.

The Union Bridge (also Union Chain Bridge[1]) is a suspended-deck suspension bridge that spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe,Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres (449 ft), and the first vehicular bridge of its type in Britain.
Although work started on the Menai Suspension Bridge first, Union Bridge was completed earlier. Today it is the oldest suspension bridge still carrying road traffic. It lies on Sustrans Route 1 and the Pennine Cycleway.
The bridge has been maintained by the Tweed Bridges Trust, since the abolition of turnpike tolls in 1883. It is a Category A listed buildingin Scotland[2] and a Grade I listed building in England. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in both countries.
Before the opening of the Union Bridge, crossing the river at this point involved an eleven-mile round trip via Berwick-upon-Tweeddownstream or a twenty mile trip via Coldstream upstream. (Ladykirk and Norham Bridge did not open until 1888.)


 http://www.chainbridgehoney.co.uk/home.asp
I tried some honey it was great !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Routemaster
a old london bus !

one side of the Bridge was in England

the other side in Scotland

we went to see a stone circle at Duddo

 http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=883

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/celynog/Northumberland/duddo.htm

the stones whistle in the wind if you listen carefully !

we are in the middle there are 5 stones !

we went to Lindisfarne  or Holy Island

http://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/
we are looking for sea creatures in the rock pool can you see the castle ?

Leo enjoyed this day !

looking towards the Farne Islands

the beach at Snook on the causeway  is amazing we only had 30 mins before we could not get off the Island as the Island is on a causeway but this is one of my favorite beaches

A TIDAL ISLAND: Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a long causeway. Twice each day the tide sweeps in from the North Sea and covers the road. Tide times and heights can be accurately predicted from the phases of the Moon. Severe weather can produce offsets, particularly with strong winds from the North and Northeast. The causeway crossing times are forecasted ‘safe’ crossing times. Nevertheless, travellers should remain vigilant if crossing near the extremeties.
http://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/general/travel.htm

running from the waves !

we met Kate my half sister -Kate lives a long way ,way away

we went to honey farm and to the chain Bridge as well !

me ,Evie and kate tasting honey !
 

Leo wanted Kate’s chain !

Kate , Leo and me !

kate helped Evie with dominoes -Evie won a game !

I played Chess with my mum !

Evie and Kate coloured a picture !

Kate,Evie and Leo

kate giving Leo a cuddle

http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/greatnorthmuseum/
we vistied Newcastle for the Day and went to the great north museum

we went on the Metro in Newcastle
http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro

we went the next day to Woodhorn which was a old colliery
http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/

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Burnt Edge to New chapel lane

Posted in Burnt edge, Chadwick's close farm, colliery, Old mine, reebok stadium, Two lads, Walker Fold, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

a simular route

Evie is walking up the path from walker fold farm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collieries_in_Lancashire_since_1854

this is called Chadwick’s close farm I looked this up on the map
there was another farm in Halliwell with the same name
http://www.tongefamily.info/resources/chadwicks_close.htm

can you see the mast ? me and Evie are practicing on the walkie talkies

walker fold farm

Leo is not happy we found out later he got his first tooth !

can you see the stone track this is for the colliery !

the stone slabs stopped the heavy carts getting stuck !

this is the burnt edge colliery pit head

some of the old mine buildings

can you see the Caterpillar ?

me and Evie exploring on the old walls

there is a small tunnel here – this may be a old brick kiln ?

a hole you have to be careful when exploring

I am helping Evie cross the uneven grass

the old colliery

the track above the old colliery is very different  they did not lay out stone slabs !

this is the air shaft marked on the map

burnt edge farm

the mast
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_transmitting_station
http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/whvol1.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_(North_West_England)

the two lads
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Two%20lads

Evie is going round a big puddle too deep for her wellies !

leo has gone to sleep can you see the mast ?

this is near white brow

we could see some llamas on the farm !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama

the Reebok staduim

we saw a fox here

these look like emu or rheas!

we found some stones six of them , three each side !

the horses were nice to touch

Leo woke up and was touching the horses

the six stones

this collects water – for the animals

me and Evie stroking the horses

I loved this horse he was so soft

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Burnt%20edge
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/winter%20hill

Wilderswood to Tigers Clough / Shaws Clough , Tramway investigation

Posted in autism, Chorley, fell running, Horwich, Lancashire, Old Bricks, River Douglas, Rivington Pike, Shaw's Clough, Tigers Clough, Tramway, waterfalls, wilderswood, winter hill mast, Yates Plastic Horwich Brick with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Quick Blog tonight !
note from dad : GPS seems to have been out tonight !

off we go

the Pike

Video taken showing the mast and Horwich and the Pike

Jake can vault a farm gate in a few seconds now even in the dark

Bricked up entrance , the other side has also been collapsed  to stop you getting in !

can you see the small brick entrance ?

Yates plastic brick

the tramway has been built up with stones

one of the mine drains in Tigers Clough

I have to balance carefully as its a 4 ft drop on one side plus its a stream and slippy !!!

the stream I have to cross is very fast tonight !

crossing another stream in the dark

looking around at the View ! we watched the planes as well

through the last fence

crossing the river
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Douglas
http://www.bolton.org.uk/rivington.html
http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/collections/local-history/social-history-images/200296?term=postcard&s_tags=&sort_by=Title&item_number=199&b_start:int=0
http://www.brianherald.co.uk/home/58422_moorland-stream.html
http://www.wiganman.co.uk/Content/history/Douglas-1.html
http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Rivington_Pike_Tower.html
https://jakeofwinterhill.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/me-in-the-snow-two-lads-rivingtonbrown-hill-river-douglaswilderswood/

http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/rivington/robbers-graves.htm
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=a35d1e23-ce51-40a4-b558-bce138ad494b
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivington
http://rivington.byethost14.com/doku.php?id=shaws-clough-lancashire

Rivington Castle, Just having Fun ! muddy puddles and walking in a stream

Posted in Evie, Horwich, Leo, Lower Rivington Reservoir, Muddy puddles, Red Admiral Butterfly, Rivington Castle, Tree creeper with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

 

Leo get to ride in the back carrier – he is really growing up now !

me and Evie on the way to Rivington Castle

we watched a tree creeper on this tree – can you see it ?
http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/t/treecreeper/index.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Treecreeper
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tree+creeper&hl=en&rlz=1C1AVSW_enGB374GB377&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=FjubTsqzNoaX8QOVmYjUBQ&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=709
http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/treecreeper.htm
http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/treecreeper.asp

Evie playing in puddles

Evie and I followed a stream

I built a dam with leaves ,Mud and stones

Evie came to help me !

can you see the Pike ?
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Rivington%20Pike

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/01/rivington-pike-to-brown-hill-to-crooked.html
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/07/rivington-pike-to-brown-hill-back-of.html
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/04/two-lads-to-rivington-pike-and-back.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivington_Pike
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_(North_West_England)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors
http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Rivington_Pike_Tower.html
http://www.manchesterscountryside.com/site/attractions/attraction-results/rivington-pike-p129431

Evie and Me at the Castle

The mast and the Pike

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/winter%20hill%20mast

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_transmitting_station
http://www.aerialsandtv.com/winterhilltx.html
http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/winterhill/index.php
http://www.thebigtower.com/live/WinterHill/Index.htm




see the stats for the mast
http://www.thebigtower.com/live/WinterHill/131P20600705070.htm

we played hide and seek – Evie  is looking for me !

Lower Rivington Reservoir

Rivington Castle

 http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?species=atalanta
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=red+admiral+butterfly&hl=en&rlz=1C1AVSW_enGB374GB377&biw=1280&bih=709&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ekCbTujVJ4am8gOVqaSOBw&ved=0CE0QsAQ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_atalanta
http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/Butterfly/32/Butterfly.html?ButterflyId=43
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_admiral

This is a red Admiral butterfly – Leo liked these – the flowers did not smell nice but the butterfly’s and bees and fly’s didnt seem to mind !
I liked watching these !

me and evie went to play  afterwards

Evie found a tree which i could climb

Another tree to climb they were wet and slippy – i had wellingtons on so i could not grip the tree well !

it was nice down next to the water

can you see the tree roots ?

Leo was looking at me and Evie playing

Leo does not like the sun in his eyes !

this is one of the towers can you see the window ?

one of  the towers behind a oak tree

Evie in a puddle !

Evie is such a show off !

Leo looking at me and Evie

Me and Evie breaking the dams we made before !

Leo looking at me when I was talking to him

wilderswood to Pike to winter Hill to wilderswood

Posted in fell running, Georges Lane, Rivington Pike, wilderswood, winter hill, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

quick post !
weather good no rain mist just dark ! 

the two lads

Wilderswood

the mine Vent for Wilderswood

Rivington pike

Winter Hill mast

Brown Hill and mast

me with Horwich in the background  –Reebok in the background

from Horwich to Preston

roly poly down the Pike , my dad runs then I go the opposite way , my dad stops me from hitting the track at high speed.which would hurt,
Note : from dad this is steep for people who know the back of the pike towards winter hill needs care in the dark  !

me looking at a mine shaft

on the way to mast crossing a stream

Two Lads on Two Lads On a very wild day, Winter Hill

Posted in D of E, holders plantation, Hole bottom, Safety advice links, Two lads, winter hill, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

 conditions variable ,visibility  good to poor , driving rain , very wet underneath ,lower wind chill then yesterday  though the wind was very strong 40/50  mph gusts
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/10/hole-bottom-tramway-on-winter-hill-in.html

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/winter%20hill




http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/winter%20hill%20mast

just looking towards the pike and the two lads

towards Holden‘s plantation

Me and my friend Alex ,

Crossing a stream , showing Alex

can you see the two lads

the mist has come in and they are gone , rain is coming  again !

The old brickwork’s at Hole bottom

Alex watching me crossing the mud and water on the gate

old bell pit just next to Hole bottom

walking up the road , we had just advised some people on D of E where the mast was !

you can see them in the distance

running along the road

we met a lone walker walking towards the mast !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_transmitting_station
http://www.aerialsandtv.com/winterhilltx.html
http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/winterhill/index.php
http://www.thebigtower.com/live/WinterHill/Index.htm


see the stats for the mast
http://www.thebigtower.com/live/WinterHill/131P20600705070.htm

me and Alex at the mast ! it was very windy and noisy

running across the moor towards the two lads

still going – dad stayed with Alex

very misty towards the two lads -it was very wet

http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Two_Lads_Cairns.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_(North_West_England)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors

me and Alex on the two lads

It was very windy I couldn’t stand up !

showing Alex the smaller of the two lads

on the way down from the two lads

I run off the road as my trainers are not good on the road
running towards the car ,

Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own – and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do – and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite!
taken from Dave Lane

new safety videos/advice 

I have included the above links for people who need to understand the risks,

Both Jake and Alex were fully equipped for the conditions, with head to toe multiple  layers , windproof and waterproof  layers, 

Hole bottom ,Tramway on Winter Hill in poor weather

Posted in Dave Lane, holders plantation, Hole bottom, Horwich, Safety advice links, Tramway, winter hill, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own – and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do – and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite!
taken from Dave Lane

new safety videos/advice
I have included the above links for people who need to understand the risks,
Leo had full body cover, duel fleece and waterproof ,
we kept to well defined paths , we know the area, Evie and Jake have multiple layers on them ,
Jake and  Evie have considerable experience in this weather and environment, we always treat this area with respect ,Both Evie and Jake enjoyed this walk, please enjoy but understand and manage risks
the weather consisted of driving rain , waterlogged paths, swollen streams, Very high wind chill 






see the stats for the mast
Evie looking at the mist and looking for flowers

walking up the hill

walking towards the path

This shows the mist and rain rolling in

Leo looking around

I keep a eye on dad – i have my walkie talkie

by Holden’s plantation

we walked along the bank as the path was like a stream

This was deep too deep for my boots

I helped Evie to cross this

a old brick from Hole bottom

walking towards hole bottom

using the gate to cross the water

Evie standing on one of the sinks made at  Hole Bottom

the tramway

Leo looking at Evie -can you see me ?

the old mines which used the tramways

Leo fell asleep , he always sleeps on this side no matter how many times dad moves him

me and Evie on the Bridge

yes the mud is deep my dad helped me and evie off the bridge without getting wet

on our way back along the road – a snack !

a old mine pit

a little pool of water – old mine ?

the two lads !