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, 25 December 2010

Wilderswood in the snow , Horwich , Christmas day walk 0C to -3C
weather good , small family walk
 old gate post at start of Wilderswood
 sledging again
Rivington pike from wilderswood
 deep snow
 ice river
I had been down this the other day , the river goes into one of the water tunnels which is blocked ,

adit for mine ,

 iron trough

 mine building for the main shaft at wilderswood

 shaft -capped
main colliery  winding buildings
still blowing cold air - which is warmer than the surrounding rocks melting the snow!
 cabin pit shaft buildings

 quarry terrace
I love running in the snow

me back at the car ,
note from dad:Two lads is to the left , Georges lane in the snow , the compact snow made it easier to drive on as the road is normally heavily potholed another mine site  Horwich Heritage centre  Horwich history overview

Friday, 24 December 2010

Rivington pike , Rivington, winter Hill ,Horwich in the snow -4 to -6C

 Wilder's moor -centre two lads , left is Winter Hill Mast

good conditions - temp -4 to -6c when sun went down , good  level walk,

 Rivington Pike from georges lane
Tracks from the old mines
looking down from the wilderswood drift mine mine entrance  -look carefully tramway is clear line down the hill
old shaft capped  - vented
boundary stone - Chorley  and Horwich ?
Brown Hill with Rivington Pike on right hand side
ice river -water is moving under the ice

Note From Dad: Jake has been across this section before , the ice was enough to hold Jakes weight and being shallow was low risk - please be careful not even Walsh trainers gripped on this - Jake had been practising moving safely on ice ,  Jake is keeping to snow where possible after testing what is under the snow,
Jake is using his hands and a low centre of gravity to negotiate the tunnel below, temp in this tunnel was around - 6c  plus wind chill with very cold water , Jake has 3 layers on his lower body of water resistant/thermal and quick dry material ,  we have spares of dry clothing in case!

going into the tunnel 

in the ice tunnel 

watching dad !
on my hands now !
careful ! water and ice very slippery !
thigh high snow between the tufts of heather
Brown Hill
sledging down Brown Hill
Brown Hill with Mast just appearing
Rivington drift mine buildings
Old entrance to Rivington drift  mine
bottom half of the Pike -sledging

 the pike and Winter Hill Mast -crooked hill on right
very steep slope !!!! me and the sledge , I fell out of the sledge !!
Note from dad :these slopes are rated by Bolton mountain Rescue, this slope is  very steep and we moved Jake onto a more gentle slope!

down a more gentle slope

Sunset over Horwich with Fiddlers ferry power station can be seen on left  red moss in front of it ,
there is a solitary gate post in the middle of the field  ,

Last look at the Pike before Christmas eve ,

if you wanted to know what it looked like at the top of the Pike !

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Two lads , Rivington, Winter Hill ,Horwich sledge and Roly poly -4C Snow 3 inch to 3ft

temperature good at start , the wind picked up and the chill factor became more intense dropping the feels like temperature another 4C
GPS failed to track for part of the route,but approx just under 2 miles

sledging down the road
 climbing up the snowdrift 
 the mast is in the distance as we go up to Two Lads
 Adam hill and White Brow
Wilderswood and Wilder's moor

me climbing up after sledging down the hill  

me doing a roly-poly  

 the mast from Two Lads
 Rivington Pike ,Brown Hill and Crooked Edge Hill

on top of Two Lads 

sliding down on the sledge

this was really fast
where the wind has blown the snow. It looks like sand
about the two Lads
good background to this area
good local walking site
another local walking site
Good Walking site
recent incident on sledging
Note from dad : you have to careful - these slopes had very deep snow and soft landings where we went , there are rocks hidden under the snow in other parts of these slopes , please be careful
-Jake spent a lot of time learning how to up and down deep snow slopes safely, also how to enjoy himself  safely , there is always a trade off of undertaking more extreme forms of outdoor activities (for a 7 year old) and  safety, have fun but do this safely,
this link taken from the Bolton Mountain rescue article above