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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 http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2011/02/10-or-14-peak-courses-on-winter-hill-by.html

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

climbing the waterfall at the blue lagoon, Horden Butts Delf, Hordern Stoops, Wards Reservoir, Belmont

 looking at Winter Hill and  the Winter Hill mast's

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill,_Lancashire



overlooking Belmont and Blue lagoon
Hordern: (13th century ‘handran’ and ‘haderan’). Possibly from the Anglo-Saxon ‘heorde’ meaning herd, and ‘hyrne’ meaning a nook or corner.
Belmont: “Fair or beautiful mountain”. Derived from Low Latin ‘bellus’ – fair, beautiful, and ‘montem’ – a mountain.
taken from -http://www.belmontvillage.org.uk/History.htm


http://www.blue-lagoon-belmont.co.uk/bb/index.php


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont,_Lancashire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward's_Reservoir


http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/The_Blue_Lagoon.html


http://www.bolton.org.uk/belmont.html


http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/8300011.Belmont_reservoir_is_back_with_splash___for_now/


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/18/8




looking towards Hordern Stoops 
Hordern Stoops: This marks the parish boundary. Stoop is from the Icelandic ‘staup’ meaning a knobby lump, and has come to mean simply a post or stock


taken from -http://www.belmontvillage.org.uk/History.htm


Horden Butts Delf -old quarry

http://www.blue-lagoon-belmont.co.uk/bb/index.php?PHPSESSID=aannhqtjutm8tijgce7hmloh27&topic=48.msg429#new
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/8187878.Plug_is_pulled_on_Blue_Lagoon/
http://www.stpetersbelmont.org.uk
Belmont Parish Church - St Peters

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/landscape/landscapecharacass/charcarea9.asp
http://www.canalsandwaterways.me.uk/page4.html
http://nwex.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7463

sites about the Blue lagoon



http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/The_Blue_Lagoon_Waterfall.html

note from dad: This can be a high volume waterfall , rocks very slippy, hand holds were very slippy ,volume of water can knock someone light off their feet,
be very careful, in the dark ,
Jake has been taught to move quickly and safely across this type of terrain and this type of challenge,- what appears easy is not !
Jake uses Walsh trainers whilst not designed for this are very grippy  in mud and wet conditions and on wet rocks, we use high performance waterproof and insulation layers to ensure Jake stay's warm and dry  , we have spare clothing and a full survival kit, the video's are not that good quality the temperature was just above freezing, it was dark, noisy and poor visibility from my breath with the  water spray from the water fall ,  it shows what  Jake managed.
the weather was clear and just above freezing, the water very cold , it was getting dark so you have to ensure you have clear communication and ensure all members of the party are safe


video
approach to the bottom of the water fall 
http://www.redbubble.com/people/stevesimages1/art/3040166-4-blue-lagoon-waterfall
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2040341

above are other pictures of the waterfall


video
1st part 
video

2nd  part of the climb 

video

last section 

over the  fence at the top -winter Hill mast at the right side
Note from dad -Jake is on the right hand side  , Jake admiring the view towards the winter Hill mast
look at the lovely moon
look at Belmont at night
lights of Belmont and moon over the Blue lagoon,

last look at  the masts on winter hill,  how many ?
route is fast on the paths but slow across the moorland , fences are encountered on this run, 


some background to Belmont and the area 
support the local  mountain rescue teams 

Bolton Mountain rescue,


link to old map of this area



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