Archive for Wallsuches

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

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

Ridgmont cematory

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

one of the houses has 1771

Monkey Puzzle tree !

Horwich Parish Church,_Horwich

can you see the hawk ?

Birthday run from Coal pit Road to Counting hill to Winter Hill trigg to two lads to wallsuches

Posted in ARCON village, Counting Hill, Dean Ditch, dean mills reservoir, dreich, fell running, Two lads, Wallsuches, Wilder's moor, wilderswood, winter hill, winter hill mast, Winter Hill Trigg with tags , , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

gilligrants farm, we used this view to check the impact of the mist on the route
Note : it was agreed with Jake that I would write this Blog entry for Jake with Jake’s assistance , The route is long and in poor weather condtions – dreich,
thanks to a comment by NLM on Jakes Blog entry
background to the Scotsman’s stump murder

This path is the original coal pit track

“It is not widely known that a mass trespass took place on Winter Hill in
1896 nearly 50 years before the more famous mass trespass on Kinder
Scout in 1832. It was the response of the people of Bolton to the closure
of footpaths and roads over Winter Hill by the landowner Colonal R H
Ainsworth JP of Smithill’s Hall, in order to protect his grouse shooting.
The demonstration followed much controversy and demands for an
enquiry, which were resisted by Col. Ainsworth. The organisers called on
the people of Bolton to join them in a walk from Smithill’s Hall, along
the disputed Coal Pit Road track to Winter Hill on Sunday 6 th  September 1896.

taken from Dave Lanes excellent resource

up towards dean mill reservoir

old dam breech
dean mills reservoir

part of the water inlet system feeding the water tunnel

valves for the water tunnel down to dean mills

on my way to dean ditch

Dean Ditch.
From the mast heading eastwards towards Horrocks Moor and Scout
Road  is the seemingly endless drystone wall which was built to mark the
municipal boundaries. On modern maps this is marked as the County
Constitutional and Metropolitan District/European Constitutional and
Borough boundary. The wall is quite a feat of engineering and must have
taken some considerable time to build. It seems to vary in height between
six and seven feet for its whole length of almost 3 kilometres. There are
few quaries near the hill top and although rocks can be found on the
surface the bulk of the material to make the wall must have been carried
up the hill. I have not spotted any gates or breaks in the original wall
although parts of it are now in a fairly poor state.

The drystone wall follows the route of an ancient ditch which although
today is known as Dean ditch, it was originally called Dane or Danes
Ditch. A number of place names in this area indicate that the Danes once
settled in this part of Lancashire (and don’t forget the Scandinavian stone
axe found in Tigers Clough dating from before 2,000BC) and from pollen
analysis we know that much of the deforestation of the moor took place
around this period so perhaps the name Danes Ditch may not be too wide
of the mark. The ditch is not visible for the full length of the wall but
even when it vanishes, its route can be traced through the slightly
differing colour of the vegetation seen at certain times of the year.
A footpath runs along the full length of the wall and the panoramic views
available on clear days makes this a good place to stretch the legs. The
path starts at the stile at the side of the most south easterly of the antenna
masts. Within a few yards of the stile a depression can be seen on the left
hand side of the path heading towards Belmont. This marks the route of
the collapsed underground tunnel, known as the “New Tunnel” which
starts lower down the hill. Just over the wall on the Horwich side – and
according to old maps (SD 66356 14536), there used to be an adit or drift
entrance to this area of the coal workings but there is very little sign of it
today. Near to the site of the adit entrance can be seen many areas of
disturbed ground all caused either by surface coal workings or by
collapsed workings beneath.
taken from Dave Lanes excellent resource

Mist and rain rolling in !

Dean Ditch

more water
above is counting Hill

Jake is close to the wall  here and close to my limit of where I feel comfortable,
Jake knows to stay still and use his whistle , strobe lights to make himself known ,
he also knows to use his mobile phone, walkie talkie to get voice contact with myself
Jake also knows how to use the features on winter hill to get himself  off the hill by dropping height safely ,
even though jake knows this environment well , we both treat it with respect , familiarity does not mean contempt ,

water , more water

driving rain and lower visabilty up ahead

one hat

two hats plus waterproof trousers

Winter Hill trigg – I am standing on this ! very atmospheric ,
the last time i did this

see the stats for the mast

Jake on top of the two lads !

Two Lads links

Two Lads after Jake had left

down towards wilderswood

running down from the two lads

doorway at Wildersmoor

This is wilderswood – mine vent is the tallest of the two poles on the left had side

Montcliffe Quarry 1st

second quarry

just before you enter Arcon Village steps the gate must have been closed most of the time to take so much trouble plus they are very worn

just above Arcon Village


nearly home !

Jake in the dark – taken under some trees when we were running  ,

Jakes  Jacket has reflective strips on it so does the bum bag he has on this is combined with the reflective vest adds to safety aspect, either side of jakes reflective vest are two hi viz  strobe lights one rated at 1 mile plus Jakes safety kit – spare torches, whistle, gloves(waterproof), map/compass. food, reflective blanket, he has a GPS tracker on him plus a proximity alarm set to go off after the safety zone distance from me is breached, a mobile phone,
we switched to Jakes winter grade waterproof for this run as a precaution due to the weather conditions,
I carry further spares – for Jake, spare hat, spare winter grade socks thicker fleece zip in or stand alone, spare coat to allow duel layer coat technology in this case , I carry two survival bags  plus spare torches ,

weather condition’s :  mist which turned to driving rain , very wet with very low visibility ,

6.9 miles to the field next to where we live,
323 metres gain
aver 3.6 miles per hour 

Jake had a full set of wet weather equipment on in the end  , Jake changed his equipment as the conditions changed , this is a tough route in what were far from ideal conditions , a lot of care is taken to keep jake safe,  No jake did not get the hi viz vest for his birthday!

Note: this entry was entered by Jake’s Dad with Jake’s assistance !
person who fell over one of the tussocks on winter hill – be careful !!!

though I feel the following comment is much better than anything i could write

“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”

The 10 or 14 peak courses on Winter Hill by Jake of Winter Hill

Posted in 10 peaks winter Hill, 14 peaks Winter Hill, fell running, Horwich, Rivington Pike, winter hill, winter hill mast with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


Purpose of the challenge Run,

To raise awareness of  Autism , the only thing we would like to ask is to visit a site about autism and become aware ,
if you are doing a charity event please consider supporting a local autism or national autism group .
Course can be started  from any of access points which lead to the Winter Hill area , you can start from Horwich ,Belmont, Rivington ,Wilderswood ,Montcliffe, Georges lane, Coal Pit road, Burn edge , go to the nearest peak and follow the route clockwise or anticlockwise.
please post your times as comments against this Blog entry
Route should be across the fell , Dont use Georges Lane/Belmont Road , main winter Hill road or  Coal pit road to reduce times they can be used just for a access point  to the course , the idea is to challenge yourself and use some of the less used routes/parts  in this area,  use the route’s as a guide and at your own risk , navigation skills are required as some of the peaks are not distinct , Dont underestimate this area ,weather can be harsh and change quickly and can vary even within a short distance : underfoot -this is wet and boggy even in the middle of summer ,
course has on it
hidden hazards, deep tussock grass hiding deep ditches ,old mine workings, deep bog, steep slope’s
In winter this route will be harsh and will  involve night time navigation often in poor conditions.
Note :We have not been able to do this as a complete run as Jake is only 7 and so we have had to be split into sections though Jake managed 6.8 miles , Jake has enjoyed putting this together and will I am sure develop this further

Jake of Winter Hill 10 peaks course  option 1 or
Jake of Winter Hill 14 peaks course option 2

core peaks for option 1 and 2
Brown Hill  peak 2,
Crooked edge peak 3,
Two lads peak 4
Adam Hill Peak 5
White Brow Peak 6
(optional 350m Knoll Peak below would be +1 )
go to either option 1 or option 2
see the following Blog entry

Name↓ Locality↓ Elevation↓ OS grid reference↓
Winter Hill Rivington 456 metres (1,496 ft) SD659149
Counting Hill Smithills/Belmont 433 metres (1,421 ft) SD671141
Two Lads Hill Horwich 389 metres (1,276 ft) SD655133
Noon Hill Rivington 380 metres (1,247 ft) SD647150
Crooked Edge Hill Horwich 375 metres (1,230 ft) SD654134
Rivington Pike Rivington 362 metres (1,188 ft) SD643138
Adam Hill Horwich 360 metres (1,181 ft) SD660126
White Brow Horwich 358 metres (1,175 ft) SD661124
Whimberry Hill Belmont 340 metres (1,115 ft) SD686139
Egg Hillock Belmont 328 metres (1,076 ft) SD684142
Brown Hill Rivington 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD644135
Brown Lowe Smithills 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD669130
Burnt Edge Horwich 325 metres (1,066 ft) SD667125
taken from

Option 1 – the 10 peaks
Counting Hill Peak 7 ,
Winter Hill Trig Peak 8,
Noon Hill Peak 9,
Catter nab peak 10
rtn to Start point  ,
6.7 miles aprox
see below
see the 3 routes below

Jake of Winter Hill 14 peaks

Option 2 – the 14 peaks
Lomax wifes trig Peak 7 , -look for Trig point at 343 above Lomax
Wife farm near Horrocks Moor
whimberry hill Peak 8,
egg hillock peak 9
counting hill Peak 10,
Winter Hill Peak 11,
Noon Hill peak 12,
Catter Nab Peak 13
Scotmans Stump Peak 14
rtn to start point Rivington Pike
route (aprox) 10.5 miles

see the following routes

Wilderswood , Crooked edge Hill ,Two Lads, Wallsuches to new chapel lane , Winter Hill, Horwich

Posted in 7 year old, Crooked Edge Hill, fell running, New chapel Lane, Two lads, Wallsuches, wilderswood, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill


3 miles – Wilderswood , Crooked edge Hill ,Two Lads, Wallsuches to New Chapel lane
Jakes blogs for Montcliffe
Jakes Blogs for two lads
Jakes Blogs for New Chapel Lane
note from Dad : Wilderswood  – on the left hand side of the wood was shaft number 1 for wilderswood colliery
Rivington Pike
Lower Rivington reservoir
Me in the mist
note from dad :Memorial to Claire Astbury  1977 to 2009 which we found just below two lads
me on top of two lads it was too windy to stay upright safely
me running down the hill from two lads
can you find me
me in the mud
coal on the path , pieces of old brick found on this path
pieces of burnt coal  called clinker – 

Note from dad :armchair – almost a bell pit shape -side nearest seems to have been washed away!
me climbing out of a stream
Red Moss , Reebok stadium  from Montcliffe
one tiny orange mushroom – can you see ?
iron rail found on path down from Lower Montcliffe Quarry
fossil which we found last time


Path up to one of the Montcliffe lower quarries
on the way to the reservoir above the Arcon development  on the way to Wallsuches
visibility went from  just under a mile  to 15 metres in just under 10 mins
high wind chill factor , sleet some snow and hail ,
enjoy and keep safe when outside
please take care

NEW CHAPEL LANE to BOTTOM O’TH’ MOOR to WALLSUCHES to ARCON , Horwich -circular walk -4c to -8c

Posted in ARCON village, BOTTOM O'TH' MOOR, chapel Lane, Historic Horwich, Horwich, Ice, snow, Wallsuches, wilderswood with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill
2.8 miles in -4C to -8C

new chapel lane -they cancelled the candle lit service -as the road is snow bound,
note from dad -we parked here to start the walk

the sheep are following me   !

one sheep is here

I’m stroking  the sheep

moor end  – BOTTOM O’TH’ MOOR
on the ice path at WALLSUCHES
Wallsuches –Between 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.

arcon village
what date is this ? can you see ?

arcon village
housing development on old bleach works site

arcon village

wilderswood -mist and fog and the reason why we didn’t go any higher

golden windows at WALLSUCHES

Ridgemont in the sunset

this is  a nice view

me in the snow

me and Evie in the snow drift
note from dad: Both Evie and Jake are in cold weather high performance clothing,
the temperature was at this point -8C , outside clothing was now becoming frozen solid,- gloves and hats ,
another layer protected them keeping them safe,

Fiddlers ferry power station can be seen on left  red moss on right

snow angel !

note from dad -looking down the hill New chapel lane

note from dad- up the hill  – we saw 3 cars get stuck on this hill it is steeper than it looks and does not have a clear run up it,
no pavement – one of the reason’s  for the Hi vis jackets for Jake and Evie,
take care and use Cold weather tyres – (winter tyres) and the reason why we got up here!

Jakes/Evie’s  clothing safety margins
each has cold weather high performance clothing,
Jake 5 layers on core , 3 on legs/feet , 3 on head
Evie 5 layers on core , 3 on legs/feet , 3 on head
both have hi vis clothing + multiple reflective strips found on each layer,
Both Children are used to very low temperature’s ,distance
don’t under estimate how tiring the snow and ice can be on children

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!

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
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 ,

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

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.
housing development on old bleach works site

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

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:

good overview of the Montcliffe colliery
climbing site