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, 5 May 2012

unknown mine

Note from Dad ,we take a risk based approach , the mine has at least two levels plus one large cavern, tunnels are in good condition but there have been recent rock falls  which is as far as we went , though both passages were still very much open  , this was just a taster for Jake for the slate mine trip 
we were due to go down another large mine the next day and  Jakes mum, Evie and Leo were waiting  outside!

I enjoyed this 


 one of the trains  we could go and see from the place we stayed at !

 looks like a old carpet weaving machine
 this was a old water wheel

 Leo on a swing he really likes this now

 Me and Evie on the Big Slide
 Leo on the small slide I have to help him !

 a old tramway Wrysgan Slate Quarry
Tanygrisiau station
 this engine can go back or frontways !


 old slate winch ?
 back to the playground !
 Leo can Walk !

 I am following Leo !

 we went to see a horse , I really enjoy Horses

 Old tramway
Coalmoor Allenite

 Mossite 1
more Bricks !

Blaenau Ffestiniog Oakeley Slate Quarry to Cwmorthin Slate Quarry

You can see a tramway to a unknown mine 
 Drain though we did not follow it

you can just see the waste tips from the quarries above - Oakely plus old railway line cuttings


My dad went to see the railway lines these are the narrow gauge and standard gauge tracks
 Starting our ascent
we started off here and went around a mile across the slate gaining height !

 My dad showed me how to cross this we went up around 200 meters then we went across

I found lots of old metal from the quarries above

Note from dad- this shows the angle, distance  and height we went to get to the old steps !

 start of the steps

 they used  iron to hold the walls to protect the path
 this used to help haul the slate down the mountain !

 old tramway bridge ?
 mountains on the other side


 one of the old buildings can you see the stone wall protecting it ?

 old mine entrance collapsed

 railway centre !

Old wall

 more slate quarries in the distance !

 I am not sure what this was for but great decoration !

 these used to be toilets !

 what a view !
 Old trackway

 old reservoirs for the quarries and mines !
  Blaenau Ffestiniog

 Slate slabs fine grained and very smooth !

  Blaenau Ffestiniog
 old  rails
 can you see the old wall ?
 Old bolt ?
 air compressor pipe or water pipe ? they used air to run the drills !

 about to Jump !
 you have to careful the edges are often loose or about to collapse !
 more rails

 we left Oakeley to go up on the Hill tops


note from dad this is around 70 decrees !

 last of the winding wheels we found !

This is a through tunnel and not a mine!

the through tunnel ! not a mine !
 the other side
 well away from Oakley !

all the buildings had a tunnel under them ?

 that's better out of my hat and into running , I can ditch my underground safety equipment !

 this is knee deep bog I feel at home !
 Wrysgan Slate Quarry

 this was a fast run down the hill and across the Cwmorthin Slate Quarry

Note from Dad this shows you the height of the slope and one of the techniques Jake uses to get down !

I really enjoyed this !!!!!!!!!!!

me running down the hill it took me a lot longer to get up the hill !

 some of the old buildings at Cwmorthin Slate Quarry

 a old tunnel !
 this is a Japanese garden !

 this is where they cut some of the slate
 cooling down !
 can you see the old tramway !

 running down the tramway

 they cut through the rock

more rocks