About Me

Winter Hill ,Horwich, UK
About Me Jake ,I am 11 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! Please be careful as some of activities I do may look easy are not , I know Winter Hill very well I can get off safely and know what to do when the weather closes in ,to keep myself safe I use high performance clothing and footwear,waterproof/ breathable/reflective/thermal layers. in layers so I keep warm and dry , I take my safety seriously and I always take care when out exploring. My dad is very experienced on the fells he is teaching me how to keep safe.I can use a map and compass, the hills can be windy , very cold, be wet , misty and boggy. STAY SAFE! check out under my link's for advice on safety from Bowland and Pennine Mountain rescue. Try my Winter Hill Challenge

Friday, 31 December 2010

Darwen Jubilee tower ,Earnsdale reservoir ,Sunnyhurst hey reservoir, Darwen tower trig point ,Darwen, Blackburn
Sunnyhurst hey reservoir
me next to a stone with a picture of the tower on it -Darwen Jubilee tower
Darwen tower without the dome
India Mill tower in the background

view of darwen
Darwen Moor a beautiful view 
Earnsdale reservoir ,Sunnyhurst hey reservoir, trig point

 Darwen tower

video from the top of the tower
running down from the tower
running across  the heather
going down the path back to the car 

west Pennine moor access sign

general sites :

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Holden's Colliery ,Smithills shooting hut, Winter Hill Bell pits/Shafts, Winter Hill
two sites with routes in this area
this give's some history to this key access point,

route we took

weather : OK 6c to 4C ,this was a discovery walk looking for a colliery
the same area in snow

looking at the icicles
me , My sister and my mum
Smithills shooting hut
on the way to the mast
millstone grit -looking at the name on it !
looks like a old mill stone unfinished  ? next to a quarry 

Bell Pit 
another waste tip
doorway to Holden s Colliery overview site
old walls Holden s Colliery
overview Holden s Colliery site
Holden s Colliery pits/shafts
Holden s Colliery main path is to the left with dean mills reservoir in the top left 
mine waste - or shale with coal pieces in it  near Holden's colliery
Ormrods Bolton Brick -found  next to winter Hill mast
Looking at icicles
Old shaft near winter hill  mast square in shape -grey fences behind are the winter hill support cables
across the moor
the other winter hills towers
Roly Poly 
note from dad take care on the Hills 

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Coal pit road , colliers row , Brownstones quarry ,moortop barrows -Bell pit ,dean mills reservoir

Photo's of Colliers row - we will locate the mine another time,

above links are for the Quarry

note from dad : deep soft wet snow , with slush for the rest of the route , at high traffic areas -there was wet ice meaning very slippy conditions, mist conditions with rain - cold wet  penetrating type weather , Jake changed into over trousers and changed Jakes gloves the rest of Jake was dry apart from the last 1 mile when the slush became around 6 inches and  went  over into  Jakes waterproof socks, as this was a downhill section and we were near the car we didn't need to put dry socks on.

 Brownstones quarry
me checking the ground
my dad pouring my hot chocolate
hot chocolate sitting on a insulated mat
 Brownstones quarry
Hampsons Farm
the horses were very wet

part of the water pipes for the reservoir
crossing a stream
looks like a head with a flat cap on it !
mist and  talking to my dad on the walkie talkie

Note from Dad :what we found was a bell pit (had the tell tale signs of this type of mine and signs of other mines following a line ,we will revisit the area without snow - the wet snow was deep - knee deep for me, as its not clear we had the correct site due to the snow covering most of the area up,
note from dad Dad:  Hmmm........... I hope this wasn't a person , in the Czech republic before they go on the ice they wait  and only if the temperature has been below   -5  for 5 days before they take the risk,
dean mills reservoir supplied dean Mills

Roly poly down the bank