Archive for November, 2011

Winter Hill Navigation Practice and Spanish food week

Posted in (Garlic Prawns). Spanish meats, Gambas Ajillo, Mist, paella, patatas bravas, poor weather Navigation, Spanish Food, Tramway, Two lads, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

Weather – poor , windy -gusts up to 40 mph ,driving rain ,very poor visibility at times , ideal training for Map and compass for Jake , the route was about Jake following a compass bearing in poor conditions and being  able to get to the correct point with minimum guidance from myself.,Jake corrected the route several times to avoid the Bogs and old shafts  and got to the correct point. Jake is being taught how to navigate in all weathers on winter hill ,as the weather can change dramatically like it did today , it went from  poor weather to almost calm  with good visibility in less than 10 mins  Please be careful , we take a great deal of care and prepare well, Jake was equipped with full waterproofs from head to toe, Jake uses and has spare multiple layers,today Jake switched his head gear from his distinctive spikey hat  to deal with the driving rain ,  his trainers are designed for these conditions and should not be confused with normal trainers , these are locally made and fell running trainers.

Jake has been taught many techniques to reduce windchill and the effects of the weather ,and now does this instinctively , Jake has on him headlamp, emergency led light whistle, mobile phone (fully charged), spare gloves, spare batteries ,extra clothing, GPS tracker, walkie talkie, map, compass, high viz clothing/reflective piping, running strobe lights with 1 mile range. giving him 360 Visibility which is essential in these conditions. he has sweets plus GORP snacks on him.

 

my route

I  used this technique to move around in  the driving rain to protect my eyes , this rain stings and hurts

I can see without loosing visibility due to the rain, I  changed my hat and cover my face to protect my eyes and allow me to see.

the weather was very poor

looking down from the two lads

the weather closes in,

standing on the two lads
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Two%20lads
http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Two_Lads_Cairns.html
http://justramblingon.co.uk/history-pages/two-lads-hill/

this is mals website

I had to find my way on a compass bearing back to the road where the old tramway joins

i use this technique to get  away from the rain and wind , I find the place with the least wind and protect myself from the storm.,

I am learning how to navigate – with a map and compass
http://www.ideal-hiking-equipment.com/compass-navigation.html
http://www.walkingstories.com/page.cfm/page_ID/40/menu_ID/5/title/Wise_Walking

I go from point to point , if you look carefully you can find points to aim for , once you have reached this one you check your compass and aim for the next point. you can use a person to do this , but dad wants me to be able to do this on my own without another person.

I used this section of high grass to aim for  now that I have arrived ,I am looking for the next point,

the weather is getting worse the wind is stronger and is driving the rain harder now

I was looking at my compass and forgot to remember to look at my feet , I slipped and fell down  ,
my dad was there to make sure i was OK before he took the photo I was laughing so much !

one of the old  remains on winter hill

I use this combination of hats and clothing to make sure I stay warm and dry , I have upgraded my coat to winter grade and  a winter grade fleece, I have another two layers  which keep me from overheating and feeling damp

I can run between points ,here I am aiming for a black band of peat .

this made a good point to aim for and road was just past this point,

we ran down the tramway after me taking a safety bearing  though the path is very easy to follow

the top path leading to the tramway was very wet

we raced down the tramway

the weather started to clear  -this is looking towards two lads

I am having a snack i have a pair of gloves which allow me to do this so I can still have my hands covered up.

This is looking towards Bolton

Two Lads

I keep to the side so my trainers don’t wear out so quickly

Lower Rivington reservoir

Bolton were playing at home this is Reebok, they were playing Everton

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/15802657.stm
http://www.bwfc.co.uk/page/Welcome
http://www.evertonfc.com/home/

Nearly at the car

Every week we are trying food from different parts of the World,
we ate Spanish , this time
patatas bravas, paella, Gambas Ajillo (Garlic Prawns). Spanish meats

I love seafood ! Leo liked the potatoes and  liked the Paella, Evie liked the prawns and potatoes,

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New Chapel lane to Wallsuches to Fleet street

Posted in ARCON village, Fleet street, Horwich Parish Church, Monkey Puzzle tree, New chapel Lane, Rivington Pike, Wallsuches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

 

New chapel lane

me walking on tha pavement -there isnt a lot of pavement along this road !
you have to be careful on this road

bottom of Georges lane

great name !

Evie showing me the E in her name !

one of the houses for Wallsuches

we watched the swans and geese on the reservoir

the Dam wall

me looking for bugs

Evie in the water -this freezes in the winter
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-chapel-lane-to-bottom-oth-moor-to.html
https://jakeofwinterhill.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/img026281.jpg

Arcon Village

Can you see the bricks , the rest of the house is stone

can you the insect

can you see the Pike ?

this is strange its like a doorway in the wall ?

a strange pool

post – red rose forest
http://www.redroseforest.co.uk/

Ridgmont cematory
http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/bolton-archives/archives-indexes/cemetery-registers/#ridgmont
http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/bolton-archives/archives-indexes/cemetery-registers/

in the bushes was a stone lined well – tunnel ?

next to Ridgmont house looks almost man made hill ?

this is a very old part of Horwich -Fleet street
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Fleet%20street

one of the houses has 1771

Monkey Puzzle tree !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_araucana

Horwich Parish Church
http://holytrinityhorwich.com/default.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horwich
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Trinity_Church,_Horwich

can you see the hawk ?

New Chapel Lane ,Wilson Fold Farm ,Coal Brow and Bottom o’th moor

Posted in BOTTOM O'TH' MOOR, Coal Brow, Evie, Horwich, Leo, New chapel Lane, Wilson Fold Farm with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/58506654 

My route:
Note from Dad: the camera was wet and so some of the Photos have a blurred edge at the bottom,
apologies I had been out with jake on a navigation in the mist , I dropped the camera in a stream when i lost my footing on a slippery rock.

New chapel lane  we went  to walk up to the New chapel

New chapel was started in 1716!
http://www.urc.org.uk/church/view?church_id=169
After being ejected from Horwich Chapel, Richard Pilkington built “New Chapel” for the nonconformists between 1716 and 1719. It was enlarged in 1805. 
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/historyben/profiles/4878432.Horwich_profiled___a_look_at_your_area/
The Pilkingtons were farmers who became gentry, Richard Pilkington was owner of rights of the Horwich Manor.William Pilkington (1765–1831) became a physician and apothecary in St Helens and his sons Richard (1795–1869) and William (1800–1872) were the founders of Pilkington Glass.
http://www.boltonmuseums.org.uk/collections/local-history/archivesimages02/1855loc?term=horwich&s_tags=&sort_by=Title&item_number=21&b_start:int=0
http://www.pilkington.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilkington

the sheep came to stare at us!

Bolton Fold Farm

 http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-210511-bolton-fold-farmhouse-and-cottage-horwic
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=125-zhc&cid=0#0

we are not sure what the stone was for ?

some new earthworks on the Bolton Fold farm land

Leo looking around

there are a lot of bare trees now which have lost their leaves.

This is a old bridge made out of a stone slab !

It looks like i have three arms ! -its Evie behind me !

the leaves are beautiful at this time of year

I catch a tree to stop me as its very muddy and slippy wish i wore my trainers !

across another Bridge

we spent some time stroking the horse he was very gentle !

This is a place where you can get on a horse , can you see the stone trough ?
this is called Wilson fold farm
http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=Place:Bolton_Registration_District,_1871_Census_Street_Index_U-Z


http://www.lostockac.co.uk/diary/wednesday-14th-july-trail-group/

its very muddy !

the water drops look very nice on the grass

see how deep the mud is

its very steep and hard work with the mud

can you see the cob webs ?

this is a ground web ! they only show up when its wet !

the old mine waste from Coal Brow

I am looking at the rocks , there is no vegetation on this mine waste -something in the waste stops plants growing

gorse flowers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorse
http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/advice/gorse/index.aspx

this section has been straightened was this the leval  for the mine?

bits of coal found in the straight bit

some more horses

me and Evie enjoy GORP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_mix

(good old raisins and peanuts !)

the lake near Bottom o’th moor

 http://www.flickr.com/places/United+Kingdom/England/Bottom+o’th’Moor
http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-chapel-lane-to-bottom-oth-moor-to.html
great name !

I counted these and the tree was 36 !

Horwich moor Methodist Church
http://www.horwichmethodistmission.org.uk/
http://www.horwichmethodistmission.org.uk/horwichmoor/index.htm
http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Horwich/BottomothMoorPrimitiveMethodist.shtml

Bolton Fold Farm new work going ahead

Great name

Leo falls asleep he always falls asleep on this side ! Leo wont fall asleep on the pillow in the back carrier!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horwich
http://www.bolton.org.uk/horwich.html

weather was cold -wet and very misty , everything became wet

Remembrance Sunday Parade with the Badgers and Lead Mines Clough memorial

Posted in Edward McQue, Horwich, John Thomas McQue, Lancashire, Lead mines clough, Remembrance Sunday, Remembrance Sunday Parade, St Johns Ambulance with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

me and Evie have just joined the Badgers
you can find out about this here
http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/young-people/badgers.aspx

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/young-people/badgers/badger-subjects.aspx

http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/media/147804/gmfrs%20remembrance%20activity%202011.pdf

we went down winter hey lane  Horwich

Evie is wearing a purple hat you can just see her !

Lee Lane

I liked walking with my new friends

I saw my teaching assistant

we stopped off at Horwich Town hall

This is the Mayor

Leo was happy do you like his hat ?

This is the remembrance garden in Horwich

we watched the laying of the wreaths and crosses , Evie is being carried so she can see

we are walking back now after the laying of the wreaths

we walked along Chorley new road

Evie is talking to Leo who was in the pushchair pushed by dad

I took my turn to hold the badgers flag

it became windy

Evie had her turn it was heavy for her

we saw the mayor of Horwich
Cllr Peter Baxendale
http://www.horwich.gov.uk/
https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=MnM5MG44MWkzbWZkMWZqajZlaGg1dDRmMTQgdG93bmNsZXJrQGhvcndpY2guZ292LnVr&ctz=Europe/London&pli=1&gsessionid=XU9lDnA3V_BI0ZfjSfHH-Q&sf=true&output=xml

Lead Mines Clough to remember my Great Grandad and my Great Great Grandad

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it was very wet as ususal !

Evie enjoyed the puddles

one of the water falls

I threw stones and wished from this bridge

some of the Old mine tips

I had my Walsh trainers on and had to keep waiting for Evie and Dad !
note from dad : i was carrying Leo he does not mind running down hill but does not like the uphill sections anyway that’s my excuse !

on the right hand side you can see the pike and the pigeon tower

we came to put our crosses for My Great Grandad and Great Great Grandad

Edward McQue officer Engineer  Merchant Navy (Great Granddad)
Killed in action  21-11 -1940  SSCree , 4791 tons iron ore , all 41 hands were lost
He had successfully completed 3 voyages when his ship SSCree   was sunk by a U Boat- U123 off the coast of Ireland
the ship was carrying Iron from South Africa to Liverpool

information about U123
http://www.uboat.net/boats/u123.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-123_(1940)

Great Granddad does not have a  grave having gone down with the ship,
He is remembered at the Merchant Navy memorial at Tower Hill London
http://www.merchantnavymemorial.com/thm.htm
http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=90002&mode=1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Hill_Memorial
http://merchantships.tripod.com/merchantseamentribute.html

John Thomas McQue 5th regiment Labour Corps
killed in action 14-12-1917 in the trenches battle of Passchendale ,Belgium 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Passchendaele
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_passchendaele.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passchendaele

Great,Great Granddad is buried at  Dozingham war cemetery , Belguim
http://freespace.virgin.net/denys.gaskell/cem5.html
http://battlefields1418.50megs.com/dozinghem.htm
http://www.ww1cemeteries.com/
http://www.britishwargraves.co.uk/

our Visit to Dozingham

some background to the memorial
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglezarke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors
ttp://www.unitedutilities.com/AnglezarkeReservoir.aspx

It is very peaceful here the mast was just visible

looking towards the pike which you can just see

Bolton Mountain rescue

remembering family is very important

one of  the old pits

we went to fly my plane

Alance Bridge

we are off home , Leo enjoyed watching the plane , Evie helped carry this back to the car , it’s just getting dark !

Two Lads, meeting with Mal and kite flying -Clare’s Birthday

Posted in Brett and Sam, Clare's Birthday, Evie, Horwich, Kite Flying, Leo, Mal Frith, Two lads, winter hill, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts, Winter Hill Mines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

The route we took

http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/57637718

Note from dad:
Jake has been ill for two weeks , so we are keeping things low key at the moment,

Me and Evie

looking towards Horwich

They have repaired the fence –

can you see the pike ?

the Two lads

the Reebok stadium, Blackrod

I met Mal Frith who writes the following web site
http://justramblingon.co.uk/
https://plus.google.com/u/0/115067517513197991613/posts

Evie playing with Brett and Sam can you see the stick ? we found this later !

Can you see me ? there are some people collecting mushrooms ! can you see the Pike ?

Mal  going back

some of the mushrooms we saw

Two Lads -Evie just climbing up

Evie on one of the smaller ones

Jumping down

Me and Evie taking a diffrent path to dad and Leo ,I am helping Evie cross safely

can you see the pike it was very beautiful sunset

the sunset

you have to be careful , dad had checked this out before !
there is a lot of water going down here but it is not flooded ,

this is blocked

on the same line of shafts

the mast

I ran ahead to look at the Kites

Clare came up here to celebrate her birthday what a great idea !

they were flying three kites

Clare is on the two Lads -it was her birthday !

this is Evie flying the Kite,
Note from dad :thankyou very much for letting Evie fly the Kite !
we all wished Clare a happy Birthday !

Evie flying the kite , I did not want to fly the kite !
what a great view and sunset ! fantastic to have a birthday  treat up here !

looking at the sunset

we found the  the stick that Brett and Sam were playing with !

its getting dark now !

The mast lights !
I would not recommend wellington boots  for this walk , Jake and Evie are very used to this and wanted to spend prolonged time splashing in the mud , please be careful  ,

Horwich Fireworks from Adam Hill,Horwich

Posted in Adam hill, autism, Fireworks, Horwich with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

we wanted a good view from the top of the Hill !
note from dad  because Jake did not like the noise we went on top of the hill to allow us to see a display without the loud noise ,
http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt59095.html
http://affect.media.mit.edu/pdfs/09.Morris-thesis.pdf
http://autisticadventures.blogspot.com/2008/04/noise-sensitivity-for-children-with.html

It was cold standing at the top of the hill and it was windy !

looking down on Horwich
http://www.hrmicc.com/home/ is the firework display i came to see
Horwich is where I live
http://www.horwich.gov.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horwich

we had some hot chocolate and some snacks

my dad had taught me to keep warm by dropping height and useing the heather to keep out of the wind so i became warm

I am keeping my eyes shut for the flash !

the fireworks were great ,
this is just a small part of the them ,
i hope one day to be able to watch them close up !

Two lads , mine trail and campfire and marshmallows

Posted in Bonfire night, Evie, Lower Rivington Reservoir, Marshmallow, Rivington Pike, Two lads, Winter Hill Mines with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

our route !

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Its just me ,Leo and dad today!

looking at lower Rivington reservoir

we go towards the mast

we look back at the Reebok

down from the pike towards the towers

Leo is looking round today

can you see Leo he is nice and warm !

we watched someone try and take off here

Bell pit

a trail bike -this damages the grass

Old posts

a big beam I used this to cross the bog

just crossing a stream

the mast

the Pike and the reservoir

small dam wall

looking towards the two lads

Leo falls asleep

recent collapse

Note from Dad :you have to be careful in this area – when you cross this at night make sure you know the risks and also to read the old mining areas

tracks from a 4X4

Bell pit collapse

peat plus the layers under it

a lone cyclist behind is Manchester

The Pike

Lone fell runner

the mast and its towers

the mast behind the two lads

I am off !

Evie and me in the garden the fire kept us warm – I like to look at the fireworks but done like the noise

Note from dad -Jake is very sensitive with noise
http://autisticadventures.blogspot.com/2008/04/noise-sensitivity-for-children-with.html

we ate marshmallows which had been cooked over the fire – yum yum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow

I had some hot chocolate !

after watching some of the less noisy fireworks i went inside to watch some of these from the window and then watched a film !