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Snow Leopard , Hands on animal experience at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis , Hale ,Cumbria

Posted in Cumbria, Hale, Hands on animal experience, Lakeland wildlife oasis, Paven, Snow Leopard with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

stroking a bearded dragon – me and Evie

me and Evie with a Tortoise
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortoise
http://www.tortoisetrust.org/
http://www.tortoise.org.uk/

This is how to hold a tortoise

this is how to hold a snake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_regius
http://www.theroyalpython.co.uk/

he decided to escape

holding another tortoise today ūüėČ

butterfly’s¬†emerging from their pupa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupa
http://lifecycle.onenessbecomesus.com/
http://www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/life/pupa.htm

Blue land crab
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardisoma_guanhumi

Evie looking at the butterflys

Here is Pavan a snow leopard
“Pavan is a young male, and was one of two leopards filmed as the basis for Stelamaria in the recent movie The Golden Compass”
taken from http://oasis-snow-leopard.co.uk/

a snow Leopard on the roof
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_leopard
http://www.snowleopard.org/
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/snow-leopard/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Snow_Leopard

he plays with a box which contains spice !

Leo looking at Pavan on the roof !

me and Evie looking at Pavan

Leo looking at the animals

Pavan on the roof

on the playground

down the slide

lemur
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemur
http://www.wildmadagascar.org/wildlife/lemurs.html

Can you see the Marmoset ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmoset

Leo looking at a Marmoset

http://www.igofilmguides.com/lakelandwildlife.html


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


http://www.visitcumbria.com/sl/lakeland-wildlife-oasis.htm


http://oasis-snow-leopard.co.uk/

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Lakeland wildlife Oasis -hands on animal experience, Hale, Cumbria

Posted in Cumbria, Hale, Lake District, Lakeland wildlife oasis with tags , , , , on February 6, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

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a baby tortoise

one of the Golden Pheasants

Bearded Lizard

me and my sister Evie stroking it gently

at the front

me again

this is very smooth  Blue Tongued Skink

me holding a python

me being Darwin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin
http://darwin-online.org.uk/
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/website-help/darwin200/

a baby millipede

a stick insect

another go !

http://www.zoochat.com/501/lakeland-oasis-08-a-39160/


http://www.visitcumbria.com/sl/lakeland-wildlife-oasis.htm


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


http://oasis-snow-leopard.co.uk/

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

I am 7 years old and have Autism. This Blog is about what I can do not what I cannot , sometimes people think I cannot because I have autism ,this blog  is about challenging that!   I have lots of special interests, in particular running, exploring and this blog shows a small amount of what I get up to!

family walk -fairy steps, boulder climb -Walk Away V15, Beetham,near Milnthorpe, Cumbria ,snow and -3c

Posted in Beetham, Cumbria, Fairy steps, forest, Lake District, Saint Lioba (or Leoba), slackhead, snow, V15 boulder route with tags , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

me and Evie in the stocks !

links to Beetham,

http://www.visitcumbria.com/sl/beetham.htm

http://www.heronmill.org/

http://www.northofthesands.org.uk/westmoreland/parish/9/beetham

A small shrine to Saint Lioba (or Leoba), built into a stone wall in the nearby hamlet of Slackhead.

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

this is an old gate post

limestone pavement

looks like a giant pine cone !

through the forest -I am in the distance !

This gives some information about the fairy steps

http://www.visitcumbria.com/sl/beetham-fairy-steps.htm

http://www.discovercumbria.co.uk/beetham.html

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/england/cumbria/folklore/the-beetham-fairy-steps.html

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1073997

http://www.francisfrith.com/beetham,cumbria/photos/fairy-steps-1894_34132/

http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=1407

http://lakesbloc.com/guides/fairysteps-guide.pdf

Note from Dad : this is not only a good walk but a famous climbing area for bouldering this has a V15(the difficulty of a boulder problem is described by the American ‘V’¬†grade system that runs fromV0- to V15)

description of a climb called Walk Away V15 – (sit start) ¬†The middle of the wall is utterly¬†desperate by the way !!! in fact the sit start is pretty grim ūüėČ

Video of view from the top of the fairy steps

looking  down the fairy steps

looking up the fairy steps

if you want to see the fairies you are supposed to fit through this without touching the sides but it is too narrow for dad !!

tree trunk cut for the  path

an old house we found

Route taken is

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/fairy-steps-beetham-cumbria-303720/

Animals at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Hale, Cumbria, in the Snow -4C

Posted in Cumbria, Frog, fruit bat, Hale, Harvest mouse, Ice, Insect, Lakeland wildlife oasis, lemur, Patagonian hare, red squirrel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Note from dad: we support the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis for their work they undertake in conservation we visit here often as we have a season ticket,
lemur climbing
funny bird
it thinks we have some  food
crested cranes
red squirrel
hanging upside  down
watching the Patagonian hares
can you see the fruit bat
http://www.youtube.com/get_player 

video of the harvest mice
link about the area
http://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/

RSPB Geltsdale, New venture drift/Howgill colliery and Forest head lime works,Cumbria

Posted in Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria, fell running, Foggy, gairs, Kirkhouse Bricks, mine, Mine adit, Nature, Old mines, Old Quarry, underground with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

New venture drift -wast tip

“Howgill Colliery – Another early Thompson project was the Howgill Colliery which was a drift connected to the Blacksyke Branch near Forest Head. Howgill was closed in 1880 but sections of it were worked many decades later to help boost the dwindling coal resources. In 1919 the Naworth Coal Company was again considering fresh mining activities closec to the old Howgill Colliery and the Venture drift was reopened beside the Gairs Branch south of Forest Head which entered the Howgill seam this was called the New Venture Drift. At its peak in 1923 it employed 46 below ground and 16 on the surface and finally closed in 1934”.
taken from http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

pipes from the mine -these are used to vent gases from tunnels

entrance to the drift mine -taken from the top of the drift entrance

we heard  water which sounded like it was from a  hollow tunnel -one of the other entrances to the drift mine!
railway cutting  to Gains colliery disused

a wall – look carefully a pipe !

a pipe to fill the water tank in the  steam trains ?

a water tank Рpipe to the railway cutting  + valve found to control the water flow

a rainbow

capped mine shaft

mine waste tip

red lichen flower found on mine waste tip

forest head lime works,
very windy and wet on the ground

lime kilns

info about Lime Kiln’s

inside a lime kiln

mine ?

Railway loading bay

railway cutting disused

lime kiln waste

kirkhouse brick

RSPB Geltsdale -back at last
Weather: very wet ,windy high chill factor very strong winds which were very gusty visibility generally good  though, very tiring to be out and about on the high fells so we kept to the lowland parts , we will come back to this area.
Links to local area


Local places to shop


local photo
route

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 РWork 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 !