Sunday, 24 June 2012

White Coppice – Sunday 24th June

Another shocking weather day.  A short walk from White Coppice before rain sent us scurrying back to the car.  Dean Black Brook was in spate and quite impressive with a couple of dippers spotted as a bonus.


Foxgloves at Dean Black Brook



Part of the mechanism to control the water flow




The water has carved out a number of drops and today they were seen at their best – well until the rain started and then it was a quick retreat back to the car.

Rain cleared enough later to get out for a run through Borsdane Wood.

Borsdane Wood to Haigh Hall - Saturday 23rd June


After a night of torrential rain the moors were abandoned for a local run through Borsdane Wood with the Brook in spate yet again.


Borsdane Brook


Just missed a shower

Out across the fields to head to the Golf Course




Pennington Green – shame about the modern windows

The golf course was deserted apart from a pair of Oyster Catchers – which were too quick for my camera.


Flooding on the golf course

Out to the Canal and the dredger which can be seen at different points on the canal was moored.


The Skipton

Left the canal at the bridge leading up to Haigh Hall


From there up to the Hall and up to the Balcarres Arms and home giving me just over seven miles.  Enough for this summer Saturday!  Passing the Hall preparations were well underway for a wedding later in the day.  I though this shot through the window looked quite interesting.


Waiting for the guests

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Rochdale Canal, Manchester City Centre


Turned into a quite a day!  After the seminar in Manchester there was time to wander along the Rochdale Canal right in the heart of the city in sunshine – I even got a ride through the locks on a barge! 

Apart from a short profitable section in Manchester linking the Bridgewater and Ashton Canals, most of the length of the Rochdale canal was closed in 1952 when an act of parliament was obtained to ban public navigation. The last complete journey had taken place in 1937, and by the mid 1960s the remainder was almost unusable. Construction of the M62 motorway in the late 1960s took no account of the canal, cutting it in two.  Thankfully that was not the end.

When an Act of Parliament was sought in 1965, to authorise the abandonment of the canal, the Inland Waterways Association petitioned against it, and when it was finally passed, it contained a clause that ensured the owners would maintain it until the adjacent Ashton Canal was abandoned.

In early 1971, a boat rally was organised on the canal, and later that year, there was public debate over the high cost of a project which had infilled part of the canal to create a shallow water park, when restoring the section for navigation would have been cheaper. Discussion of the relative merits of restoring the canal or the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in 1973 led the formation of societies to promote both schemes in 1974. The Rochdale Canal Society wanted to see the canal fully re-opened, as part of a proposed Pennine Park. The Ashton Canal, which joins the canal above lock 84, reopened in 1974, and the nine locks on the Rochdale Canal between the junction and the Bridgewater Canal were restored at that time.   More pictures from the day here.


Early morning sunshine



Albion Mill


Chorlton Street Bridge



Approaching the tunnel lock


Looking back at Albion Mill from the lock


Through the tunnell


Hard work this canal life


Oxford Street Bridge


Off they go to the night’s mooring at Castlefield

So many fantastic 19th century buildings have now been transformed into apartments, hotels and offices but retain their Victorian splendour.



Palace Hotel

The Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building – now Churchgate House on Oxford Street was built in 1896 as a warehouse and office block for the textile manufacturers named.  This splendid doorway is one of the reasons for its listed status.


Getting the train home allowed a few more pics.  The relatively new Hilton Hotel on the right of the image below can easily be seen from Winter Hill – a place that I visit rather more than Manchester!


The owner of this Brompton bicycle has a daily commute from Morecambe to Manchester – Wow!  I can’t even imagine spending that much time travelling to work.



This is new student accommodation under construction – taken from the platform of Oxford Rd station.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Horwich Festival of Races


A bit of a run through the woods this morning in dull and rather damp conditions.  Yesterday stumbled across the weir for the very first time, despite running through the woods for the last few years.  The clue was the sound of the water as Borsdane Brook was in full spate from all the rain. 


The Weir


Under the railway bridge

Much better weather this afternoon for the Festival of Races in Horwich which included Juniors, open 5K race and a number of cycling events.


… can’t wait for ‘The Tour’ starting next week



Blue sky in Horwich!


The view from our vantage point!

More snaps of the day here.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Corrran Ferry – Friday 8th June


A day’s travelling to reach home, again in dreadful weather with minimal stops, one of which was at the Corran Ferry which plies its trade across the Narrows from Bunree to Corran. This is looking across at the lighthouse and the sky gives you some idea of the conditions!



Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Shenavall –Thursday 7th June


We were staying at Forest Way just south of Ullapool to support John Fleetwood’s attempt at his own route of 61 miles 28,000ft around Fisherfield to be completed in 24 hours.  John had brought his attempt forward to take advantage of a weather window before the weekend.  Here's his account.  Ian had been out and back during the night and continued his support during the day.

The weather was superb on Thursday morning and I spent some of it in the garden watching the birds and preparing food for the evening when hopefully we would be celebrating John’s success.


Forest Way – garden



Siskins – the little yellow jobs!

Later in the afternoon I set off with Ian to meet John at Shenavall Bothy to take in food and supplies for the last leg of John’s round which would take him over the pinnacles of An Teallach


The path leading to Shenavall


An Teallach clear of cloud on the way into the bothy


The path down to Shenavall Bothy, dwarfed by Beinn Dearg Mor in the distance


Shenavall Bothy


Here comes John, right on schedule


A Quick change and he’s off


John, looking like he’s been for a stroll in the park!

As we walked out the weather was deteriorating and looking across to the pinnacles of An Teallach I gave a shiver, thinking of John making that solo traverse in what had now become extremely poor conditions.


Huge relief to see John approaching the car at the end of his round which he completed in 24 hours – chapeau!

This ended an amazing week in Scotland and as we drove south Friday morning through heavy rain and the wind buffeting the car – in fact the weather we usually  get when we’re in the mountains - we considered ourselves extremely fortunate, in many ways!