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Sunny but with a cold north (?) wind this morning. Off road at Warth and there’s plenty of sun and good light for pictures. Less mud than of late too.
Clear air by the scaffolded bridge and a walk/ride to Elton Reservoir, a few hundred yards away, was done. There’s always a bit of Hawthorn branch – complete, usually, with thorns – so walking with the bike can be best puncture-avoidance wise. (Kevlar helps too!)
Really clear air by the reservoir, the distant wind farm easy to see.
That embankment was built around 1850 and it’s still going strong. Water comes from Burrs area and general land run-off.
A favourite ‘shot’, for the last one, of many a picture taker. The last bend of the Radcliffe Canal as it approaches, from Bury, Coney Green and Radcliffe town centre – well, the Town Hall end.
Sunny this morning and a ride along the southern half of Radcliffe Canal was an option. But, Sunday roads being very quiet they were ridden instead. The steep footpath (?) to asda’s is awesome…
And then went along Sion Street to fine a) the Nature Trail ‘entrance’ and/or b) the track to Cams Lane Bridge over the canal.
Found the canal track and boy is it steep. This photo is looking down it from the bridge.
Saw a five-barred gate by the river – maybe that’s a way to the Nature Trail??
Came back to Radcliffe centre and rode along Church Street – no traffic at all.
There are a few daffs in the park by the Metro bridge.
And, going back up Banana, these two very young Siberian Huskies (Echo and Kaiser) were giving their owner a workout!
A cold wind this morning but a rainless ride around Radcliffe. Weeds (bull rushes) are really blocking the canal-feed area at Hinds Lane. And this is winter!
It’s muddy too around there, the ‘new’ tarmac ends at the scaffolded bridge. From there it’s original!
Bleak at this time of year but, along Banana, one tree is whitely blooming – oopart indeed!
What is it? I think a variety of Spiraea, but hey ho, what do I know!
Rode along Turks Road to Bradley Fold and the tiny Cycle Route by the old railway bridge. Going under the bridge you are on tarmac for a while but then it ends and gives way to mud – lots of it at the moment. Got back to Ainsworth Road (near Bridge Inn) but the mud was too deep to access Ainsworth Road on the bike.
If this ‘route’ was clear, here, you could ride from (say) Constellation Mill, to Bury (Elton) in about ten to fifteen minutes! Or, going the other way, to Bradley Fold in say ten minutes.
There is too a turnoff that must lead to the houses along Moss Shaw perhaps.
Frosty, early, but quite sunny for the ride later if a bit wet. Saw the poster (pic one) up at Bury along Route 6.
A bit muddy in parts but the ride was mostly on hard surfaces and therefore easy. An unusual pylon view at Wellington Viaduct.
Bumpy cobble at Hinds Lane and the felled tree – quite a big one – has been shifted to one side.
Further along the puddles are just about mega but not too deep.
And, around the Radcliffe farms, a fine, clear morning in the early Spring sun…
P.S. A while back a jogger, along the canal ( a cycle-route remember!) said I should get a bell rather than ‘creep-up’ on unwary joggers/walkers. So, I got a bell. It was useless as most walkers/joggers wear ear-phones and couldn’t hear it.
I have now fitted a bulb-horn. (from Bury 99p shop!) and it’s brilliant! One or two startled joggers about already!
A rainy morning but not cold for an early ride around. Being a traffic-quiet Sunday I take in Radcliffe and then come off Bury Road at Withins and ride back along the canal. Swans settling-in ok near Withins.
March already and bikes are being taken from sheds! (See BIKES Page) One was for a school-girl soon to take a Cycling Proficiency Test. When doing this the bike is checked too so it’s well worth having an ‘MOT’ done on a child’s bike if they’re being tested – they won’t allow a test on a (say) brakeless bike.
Ride wise, locally, it was good. No wind, rain and it was sunny if a bit cold. Cycle-route, along canal, easy and dry.