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, 8 October 2011

Hole bottom ,Tramway on Winter Hill in poor weather


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!
taken from Dave Lane 

new safety videos/advice 

I have included the above links for people who need to understand the risks,
Leo had full body cover, duel fleece and waterproof ,
we kept to well defined paths , we know the area, Evie and Jake have multiple layers on them ,
Jake and  Evie have considerable experience in this weather and environment, we always treat this area with respect ,Both Evie and Jake enjoyed this walk, please enjoy but understand and manage risks  
the weather consisted of driving rain , waterlogged paths, swollen streams, Very high wind chill

see the stats for the mast

Evie looking at the mist and looking for flowers 

walking up the hill

walking towards the path
This shows the mist and rain rolling in
Leo looking around
I keep a eye on dad - i have my walkie talkie
by Holden's plantation

we walked along the bank as the path was like a stream
This was deep too deep for my boots
I helped Evie to cross this 

a old brick from Hole bottom

walking towards hole bottom
using the gate to cross the water

Evie standing on one of the sinks made at  Hole Bottom

the tramway

Leo looking at Evie -can you see me ?

the old mines which used the tramways

Leo fell asleep , he always sleeps on this side no matter how many times dad moves him

me and Evie on the Bridge
yes the mud is deep my dad helped me and evie off the bridge without getting wet

on our way back along the road - a snack !
a old mine pit
a little pool of water - old mine ?
the two lads !

Manchester University museum ,BBC Planet Dinosaur Tour

 Giant spider crab

a mammoth
 a tusk that has been carved

 I had to build a dinosaur
 you put the bones on the frame
Evie helped 
 Evie putting the head on !
Finished !
the lady who was from Russia helped us!  

"build large-scale reproductions of Spinosaurus, the largest ever known land predator"

 a head of dinosaur ,

 can you see the tiny frog -its orange !

I love this snake
Green Tree Python,

 Evie and leo enjoyed the monitor lizards

  a very big frog !

Deadly 60

Today we were pleased to welcome the CBBC Crew from Deadly 60 to film in the Vivarium. You may need to turn up the sound, but here is short clip of the presenter, Steve Backshall, with our Chameleon. This beautiful male Panther Chameleon specimen was kindly provided to us by Jamie and Laura at Chameloco.  Also, although she doesn’t work in the Vivarium, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the amount of work Rebecca Machin from our Zoology department put into preparing specimens and information for the visit.

 lots of different rocks -see the colours !


 kidney iron

 this had alot of teeth !

Evie didnt like this !
T rex bone
T rex !

I had such a good time !!!