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, 21 January 2011

around Blue Lagoon ,Wards Reservoir mill race ,Belmont, Winter Hill -3C

Some of these gate posts are carved
overview of Route

running along the frozen path -wire on the boards allows you to run without slipping
sunset over winter Hill mast,_Lancashire

winter Hill masts
reflection in the water ;)
the old bleach works water control see the photo above !
water pipe at bottom of the Mill race
ice on mill race from Ward's Reservoir

up the mill race -in this case the bleach works,

Me in Hi vis clothing !

overview of  winter Hill Mast and Winter Hill from the Blue Lagoon

route taken

note from dad:
weather Cold , no wind , very icy,
weather between 3 and -3c is probably the most unpredictable and leads to high risk conditions and on the road's as there is varying combination's of water and ice ,
the road leading to this area was covered in patches of both white and black ice  -use cold weather tyres
we were going to combine this run with a climb up the waterfall , the wet black icy conditions meant this was unsafe in the dark -there is always another day :)
we use cold weather tyres and have done so when we lived abroad , I will continue to use them in this country for the following reasons, these are based upon safety , I wouldn't go out fell running or exploring  without the correct equipment, so why  your car ?

this is from the Mercedes site

 benefits are:

  • Reduced braking distance
  • Improved grip to the road for pulling away and cornering
  • Reduced risk of aquaplaning

although my car isn't a Mercedes ;)

comments showing the issue of the confusion around these tyres,

not clear why the ABI state" but the ABI's advice is to play safe and tell your insurer anyway"
when ABI state 

If anything winter tyres should reduce the accident risk and, by implication, drivers who fit them are likely to be more risk-conscious too.
The major motor insurers have all confirmed that they would not class fitting winter tyres as a material modification and it would not impact on the premium
anyway if you looked at this from a country who uses them without any issues I think you would view this as a  lot of confusion by people who have never used them on their cars, if you do  then you wouldn't use anything else in cold weather 

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.

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,_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 -,_Lancashire's_Reservoir

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 -

Horden Butts Delf -old quarry
Belmont Parish Church - St Peters

sites about the Blue lagoon

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

approach to the bottom of the water fall

above are other pictures of the waterfall

1st part 

2nd  part of the climb 

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

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Rivington Chinese gardens,Lever Park,The Pigeon Tower, Rivington

note from dad :family walk to the Chinese gardens ,Rivington

The Bungalow Grounds, locally known as the Chinese Gardens.  These were constructed by Lord Leverhulme on the slopes below the Pigeon Tower.

taken from
can you see round loaf ? to the right is great hill
sites for the round Loaf

building that looks like a turret
the top of another turret !
bathing lake -stone steps lead down into the water
pigeon tower
look at the view
Rivington Pike 

Lever Bridge
ballroom floor
short stairs
long stairs , this place is full of all kinds of stairs leading to different buildings and levels
can you see the R tree ?
the big garden 
a sign about  Rivington terraced garden

Pigeon Tower

links details of the plans held for Roynton Cottage,

Link to the person who designed the  Lever park friends of Lever park

maps of rivington