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

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Hidden places near Goosnargh,Preston ,Cold war Bunker , Chingle Hall the most haunted house in England ,Whittingham Hospital (disused largest mental hospital in the country),Orchard (rare fruit tree's) ,

guard  house  to the Bunker  for Preston

bunker main entrance 

Video this shows you Goosenargh filter station  for this site !
radio station/Mast  
Note from Dad Vodafone use this !

a church in Goosnargh
painted window (look carefully)

the haunted house  (Chingle Hall)  you can see the moat !
Note from Dad - the most haunted house in England ?

??? next to Chingle hall

Chingle Hall -the haunted house  ?

Whittingham  asylum was home to nearly 3,533 patients (and 600 staff) making it the largest populated in Great Britain and second largest in Europe
it had its own church, farms, railway, telephone exchange, post office, reservoirs, gas works, brewery, orchestra,
brass band, ballroom and butchers.
Above is the Cameron House section
Plan of Hospital
This is the  St lukes section  -Male patients  

  the old  station

railway bridge -look carefully

this is the orchard which is very special


Whittingham Hospital was built in the last quarter of the 19th century.  Its orchard which we help to maintain still contains over 200 trees with 18 varieties of apples and 3 of pears.  We have replaced some of the lost trees with trees of similar varieties.  The hospital was self-sufficient in fruit from the orchard from October to May.  The following are the varieties to be found in it: 


Annie Elizabeth
Bramley's Seedling
Crimson Bramley
Early Victoria
Edward VII
Ellison's Orange
Golden Spire
Howgate Wonder
Keswick Codlin
Lane's Prince Albert
Laxton's Superb
Lord Derby
Newton Wonder
Scotch Bridget
Warners King

Early Portugal
Louise Bonne
Pitmaston Duchess
This is taken from

hospital fire station
site of the old brewery
main entrance to the hospital
hospital church 

feeding the ducks
lots of ducks
Note from Dad no work has been done !
remains of a headstone found in the lane !

Our route 

Link about the new hospital 

Links about Goosnargh and Whittingham 

Where I was baptised 

Red Moss Hill explore near Reebok Stadium ,Horwich (1st explore)

the entrance to red moss

barrier  for stopping the  trucks

pipe -lots of these

a big slope -before we run down this

strange pipe???

top of  the hill

path back  to home you can see the mast look carefully !

Reebok stadium  -police station in front
one of the many paths on red moss hill
picking the ice from the frozen puddle 
(Methane burner in the background -Dad)

Route we took

Reebok Stadium links

Red Moss Links

Methane burning site

links to Horwich and Horwich Parkway

Links to Horwich Police station

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday Memorial Walk - Lead Mines Clough , Anglezarke,Chorley,Lancashire

Wet approach to the memorial walk

Note from dad -this was about a family memorial walk and the main activity was remembering Jakes and Evie's Great, Great Granddad and Great Granddad. Jake wanted to share this - some of the Blog has been written by Jake and the rest by dad.
Jake had been to  this memorial before, we all thought this was a suitable location to commemorate and  remember.
Jake had tidied up the crosses and poppies spontaneously without being asked before 
"I am tidying this up by putting some of the crosses back (above lead mines clough)"

me  and Evie -Evie being a Zebra! in pink 

 Looking at a Mine Audit with dad -(behind the tree!)

Bolton Mountain rescue - 4 land rovers

 At the Bomber memorial- Winter hill is in the background , the mast is mostly covered in cloud.
 Putting Great Granddad's and Great Great Granddad's Crosses on the memorial
making sure the crosses are together without disturbing others, picking up the poppies on the ground.

Note  from Dad:
Edward McQue (Great Grandfather) and John Thomas McQue (Great .Great Grandfather) crosses together

Edward McQue officer Engineer  Merchant Navy (Great Granddad)
Killed in action  21-11 -1940  SSCree , 4791 tons iron ore , all 41 hands were lost 
He had successfully completed 3 voyages when his ship SSCree   was sunk by a U Boat- U123 off the coast of Ireland
the ship was carrying Iron from South Africa to Liverpool

information about U123

Great Granddad does not have a  grave having gone down with the ship,
He is remembered at the Merchant Navy memorial at Tower Hill London

John Thomas McQue 5th regiment Labour Corps
killed in action 14-12-1917 in the trenches battle of Passchendale ,Belgium

Great,Great Granddad is buried at  Dozingham war cemetery , Belguim

Bomber memorial to the Wellington Bomber crew who died

 I am  reading the memorial wreaths
Note from dad :This one that Jake is reading from was from the Chorley ramblers,

This  Memorial wreath from Bolton Mountain rescue team

one of the mine tips 

me and mum

route we took

some background to the memorial