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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

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Walker fold to Burnt edge to Montcliffe to wallsuches ,Winter Hill, Horwich(-snow -8C)

Posted in Bleach works, Burnt edge, colliery, disused tip, fell running, Horwich, Montcliffe, New chapel Lane, Old mine, snow, Walker Fold, Wallsuches, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

hot chocolate in the snow

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/09/burnt-edge-colliery-and-hedgehog.html
This is picture of the Burnt edge colliery



previous pictures of the colliery without the snow

crossing the snow -without a path

deep snow -this was crisp on top if you went through this it was deep -up-to my Knees
looking   at a plane going to Manchester airport enlarge the picture !

video as the Sun going down – red sunset, winter Hill mast ,

http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-kingdom/horwich/363129157103350847

This route takes is over 3 miles , we had another mile to go after this – turn left  to where we arranged to be picked up at new chapel lane church one of the nine heritage buildings
http://www.horwich.gov.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=58&Itemid=80
http://www.horwichchurches.com/church-new-chapel.php

WallsuchesBetween Montserrat and Horwich is Wallsuches, and it is thought that the name is derived from ‘wella’, the Old English for water, and ‘soc’, Old English for soak. It was here that the Ridgeway family moved their bleaching croft, from the centre of Bolton, to a site by the stream called Pearl Brook in the late 18th century. Bottom o’th’Moor is just above Wallsuches.
http://www.bolton.org.uk/wallsuches.html


http://www.redrow.co.uk/developments/arcon-village/
housing development on old bleach works site


http://www.ss-osands.org.uk/ssosands/beep/horwich/wall%20and%20ridge.htm


further details of Bleach works and Wallsuches,

route:snow deep in places , very cold and high wind chill factor , failing light ,  temperature without Wind chill at -8c ,

Note from Dad  :Please take advice/care  before going up on the Hills






Cranberry Moss, Bull Hill, Darwen, – Old mines,Quarries and Old Brickwork site ?.

Posted in A666, Blackburn With Darwen, Bull Hill, colliery, Cranberry Moss, Deer, fell running, Lancashire, mine, Old Bricks, Old brickworks, Old mines, Old Quarry, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Stone quarry
Note from Dad this was in line with the mines found later but no sign of any coal mine waste

on top of the quarry

looking towards the mines

hot chocolate on top of a mine waste tip

can you see Darwen tower ? and me of course !
to collect water ?

on top of a yet another  mine

 

 

mine entrances

stone sleeper ?

to another  mine  -in line with the quarry

long stone – part of the mine ?

I love hot chocolate -see the bricks?  – another old mine

another mine shaft

DANGEROUS BOG-KEEP OUT

Bull Hill Brickworks ?

brick kiln
see the picture of the Bull Hill Brick from this Kiln ?
two deer can you see them ?
last of the mines we saw – we came across around 32 old mines -too many to inspect each one
reasons for this area being full of mines ?
“The Entwistles used to sink little pits on Cranberry Moss, They were what was called Darwen yard mines .just a  few yards deep, coals were bought up by windlass, and sent to Turton, there was  fighting amongst the men. Some of them were too lazy to go down for coal, but when it was brought up they would fight for its ownership”
referance to Darwen yard mines
http://cottontown.org/page.cfm?LANGUAGE=eng&pageID=1251
Our route
weather Cold  below 4c, High chill factor, Jake is now in winter grade clothing , we have changed Jakes socks to include a  waterproof /Breathable layer plus thermal layer, He has brand new Walsh PB’s for increased traction.

 

 

Useful links
Information about the River Darwen which starts on Cranberry Moss

Bull hill maternity hospital
reference to mining at Cranberry moss
fireclay accidents – mines on cranberry moss
reference to mine in this area

 

Disused Turton Moor Colliery/brickworks site ?, Turton Moor, near Belmont ,Blackburn With Darwen

Posted in Belmont, Blackburn With Darwen, colliery, Lancashire, mine, Old brickworks, Old mines, Railway, Tramway, Turton Moor, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

spooky woods

tramway to the mine

going up the mountain

Whitaker, Darwen brick

http://www.penmorfa.com/bricks/england8.html
site about bricks

Bull Hill Fire Clay works Darwin – look at the Brick
Note from Dad
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/34497
at Bull Hill there was a sanatorium , plus evidence of mines -based upon maps unknown location of the Brickworks ?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1731735
Turton Moor Colliery site ? two shafts Winter Hill on right hand side in the background

Turton Moor Colliery  view of site looking down the hill

Turton Moor Colliery  -another waste tip ?

Turton Moor Colliery  waste tips -lots of burnt coal ?

Turton Moor Brick Works – lots of old bricks here !

4 ramps for the tramway ?

where they put the gold 😉  in the spooky woods -the woods were very dark and  wet!


Dads Note :pipe works by Blackburn Road,? lot of iron engine mounting’s found as well

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53115
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.westpenninemoors.com/discover_intro
information about the West Pennine Moors

http://www.enotes.com/topic/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.21132&setPaginate=No
Walks in this area with ref to pipe works by Blackburn Road,


http://www.cottontown.org/page.cfm?pageid=257
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

Lambley colliery, memorial for Roachburn pit disaster along the A689, Cumbria

Posted in A689, colliery, Kirkhouse Bricks, Lambley, Memorials, mine, Old mine, Roachburn with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

a mine memorial for Roachburn colliery disaster

web links for facts about this disaster and the memorial


http://www.beamishcollections.com/rrc/audiolist.asp?MainCatId=1&SubCatId=10


http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Roachburn/Roachburn.htm


http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/news/mine-disaster-memorial-restored-100-years-on-from-the-tragedy-1.273417?referrerPath=news/barrow

New coal reserves were opened out near the railway between Hallbankgate and Tindale the first of these being Roachburn Pit which produced 23,259 tones of coal between 1860 and 1863 its output being loaded into railway waggons from carts at a small tipping dock. The buttreses can still be seen today at the side of the A689 near Tindale. In 1912 Roachburn had produced 21,900 tons of coal but this was to be its last prioduction due to the poor quailty of its coal. At its peak in 1902 it employed 258 people below ground and 85 on the surface and finally closed in 1912. With the closure of the mine at Roachburn the washery at Midgeholme also closed as it used to wash all the coal from the former colliery taken from
http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

Lambley Colliery

the old mine buildings

up the bridge

the bridge over the disused railway

modern building for the mine

part of an old mine building

Kirkhouse Bricks -local brick  we found these across a lot of our trips near mines

http://www.penmorfa.com/bricks/england4.html
gives a view on the history of Kirkhouse bricks

another mine building

the end of the walk showing the old mine tips

Lambley Colliery links
http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/mines/Lambley_2506/Lambley.asp
http://www.dmm.org.uk/colliery/l011.htm


Lambley Colliery was taken on lease by James Thompson in 1846 and had very good coal potential but due to his poor health he was not keen to open new collieries until the Alston Branch was built. The extension of the line accross Hartleyburn Common was built and in operation by late 1849. At its peak in 1957 Lambley Colliery employed 155 people below ground and 29 on the surface and finally closed in 1957
taken from
http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

Forest head to Gains – disused railways,Old Mines and quarries -Cumbria

Posted in Blacksyke, Brampton, colliery, Cumbria, Disused Railway, fell running, Foggy, forest head, gairs, mine, Old mines, Old Quarry, Railway with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Brampton Railway


image of area  from

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

we went from Blacksyke colliery to the  Blacksyke quarry  to Gairs colliery

 

along this route ran the famous  Rocket  steam engine


“In April 1837 James Thompson purchased George Stephensons Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway for the sum of £300″



background note:


Blacksyke Colliery


“Blacksyke Colliery’s first shaft was sunk during 1820-1 and went into production in 1822-3 using a steam engine for pumping and coal winding. To serve this Blacksyke colliery a branch line was put in East of Hallbangate climbing in a south westerly direction via a rope hauled line to reach this bleakly sited colliery”.

http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

 

 

http://www.dmm.org.uk/articles/8510805.htm

details of accidents at colliery

 

 

 

this is a coke oven

 

mine in the mist

 

at the top of the hill  of mine waste

steam engine where it used to be

note from dad : used for mine and the railway -incline was too steep for engines on their own !


video of Blacksyke mine


Blacksyke s quarry


red sandstone

note from dad -not from this area looks like Eden red sandstone ?

smmmmmooooth stone looks like wood !

Blacksyke quarry from above



Forest head Quarry

 

 

 

 

 

 

try and spot the railway line

 

Here are the railway tracks to Gains Colliery


background note :

Gairs Colliery – Work began on Gairs Colliery on the bleak windswept fells above Hallbankgate during 1909 and was completed by 1912. Besides the main seam there was a blacksmith shop and screens for sorting the coal. With this new development a further extension of the Brampton Railway was completed with a branch leaving the Blacksyke route near Forrest Head and following the course of the older line to Howgill. Beyond Howgill the new line climbed steeply to Gairs Colliery with gradients of between 1 in 27 to 1 in 18 which was one of the steepest worked adhesion lines in Great Britian at the time. At its peak in 1921 Gairs Colliery employed 180 below ground and 51 above ground and was finally abandoned on 6th September 1936


http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html


an old railway bridge  on the way to Gains colliery

 

 

the spooky house  ( dads note :Gains house where the mine manager was supposed to live but its split into two houses  which are equal ? )

 

Dads note we did not explore the mine because of the weather moving in see right hand side of the photo

safety choice – Jake was tired due to adverse weather conditions , don’t take risks and become a casualty  there’s always next time !


I am in the fog wind and rain again

 

note from Dad -we dropped height and took the protected route next to the stone wall to avoid the wind

 

 

video showing high wind ,rain and low level cloud

 

 

a mine opening  ?

(one of the small breaks in the weather to allow a good photo )

 

note – from dad

weather for route

high winds leading to high chill factor -cold due to driving rain  and wind , poor visibility at times  -down to 5m ,

above this area is a place called cold fell – a name not without reason !

 

route taken

blackberry played up due to getting wet so distance is underestimated times/speed not accurate

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/forest-head-to-gains-4.6-miles-302292/

point to point run

 

 

links

Local mountain rescue team

http://www.penrithmrt.org.uk/

 

walk links

http://www.markrichards.info/

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/Content/Internet/544/932/4009111315.pdf

http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/elibrary/content/internet/544/932/4009111739.pdf

 

we used a combination of the above two walks plus the Cumbria railways site to explore this area

 

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/461843 Gains mine in better weather than we had !

 

Lower Montcliffe quarry, Site of Montcliffe Colliery, Winter Hill, Horwich

Posted in colliery, Horwich, Montcliffe, Nature, Old mine, Old Quarry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Debris from the mine or quarry?

Is this a fossil?

This is the quarry.

A lot of water from an unknown source-iron pipe?

A sun fire mark on a house.

Yarrow plant to help stop bleeding.

The route: http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/montcliffe-colliery-295836/

Links
http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/mont.htm
good overview of the Montcliffe colliery
http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=1431
climbing site