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

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Red Moss ,Gibb Farm , MiddleBrook ,Reebok, Horwich

wet  paths today
looking back at the Reebok stadium
running through the wet paths
getting very wet now
along the wet paths
the mud gets everywhere
Gibb farm
just about to go into the jungle
just getting out of the jungle
odd wood and brick in the middle of the moss
two lads, Rivington Pike and  the Mast from red moss
towards red moss hill waste tip
you have to be careful
Rivington Pike and the old loco works

can you see the Blue Damsel fly ?
resting can you see it ?- on the left hand side of the blurred grass are two eyes !

another Damsel fly
Dragon fly
web - but for what ?
Dragon fly !,_Greater_Manchester

 route taken 

Reebok Stadium links

Winter Hill Mine trails, two lads to winter hill mast pits, Horwich

the pike and the reservoir and Wilderswood and wilders moor
across these -these cattle grids have hedgehog ramps in them :)
on the way up the two lads
we are with Leo today so i have my boots on !
Adam Hill ( left) and white Brow from the two lads
someone has rebuilt this

I was careful not to knock any of the stones off
two lads with the mast in the background
carefully coming off the two lads middle brook in the background
I can still run but have to wait for my dad as Leo is in the back carrier and does not like to run yet !
the mines are on the left hand side - you can just see some evidence of the tips

this shaft is blocked off
one of the flooded shafts
learning how to drink safely on the moors -dont do this unless you check to see where the water comes from

Leo looking at me eating bilberries

eating Bilberries
sitting down to eat - pike is in the background
old shaft -capped
another drinking source

Old shaft near the mast
the masts at the back of Winter hill

testing my balance
Old shaft
me doing a roly poly

Leo asleep
one area of old bell pits near the brickworks
practicing going under a fence without damaging the fence or Me!
one of the old bell pits
this area has a lot of bell pits and waste mounds 
old pipe ?
someone has been digging here - this is from the area near the brickworks
Leo has just woken up !

"Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own - and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do - and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite"