A good Specialized hybrid in for a check-over after being garaged for a year or two. It’s okay after tyres pumped and V brake springs and cables adjusted a milli or two. It might benefit from new (say) Schwalbe bullet-proof tyres – with more of a tread (slicks at moment) but other than that it’s a good sturdy but very lightweight 700c tourer that’ll cope with reasonable off-road conditions.
Not Out-Of-Place at Bury South was Ernest the shunt engine this morning – but anywhere else he is. Built about 1965 he’s still a work-horse.
A rabbit or two spotted ascending path to Daisyfield Greenway this morning (but no Black Panther!) and, from the viaduct, a good view of the (camouflaged?) top-secret (oopart?) installation currently being built over what was the canal. It’s looking good and vastly improves what was a derelict area by the river Irwell. Distant wind-turbines were turning so wind not too strong.
Very warm so a slow ride along Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal from Bury – Hinds Lane – to Radcliffe. Crossed Irwell at Wellington Street footbridge then turned left for fifty yards to Hinds Lane ‘entrance’. It’s overgrown in parts but Hogweed, near the entrance and some of the undergrowth, has been cut-back a yard or so. Later it closes in a bit and canal path is only a foot or two wide. Fine on two feet, but on two wheels take care. To Radcliffe it’s two to three easy, flat, traffic-free miles along the two hundred year-old oopart.
Giant Hogweeds are flowering and are everywhere again so take care. Today Hinds Lane is just one big puddle and farm lanes up to Elton Reservoir are ‘closed’ for ‘building work’. Overhanging tree-branches along all bike routes are dodgy – especially Hinds Lane and Daisyfield Greenway’s entrance slope from Wellington Street.
Grindsbrook Road is being worked upon – some nasty ‘dug-out’ sections at moment. Take care out there on two wheels.
Managed to ‘video’ Radcliffe to Little Lever canal tow-path at last. A fairly original old oopart that’s still used as a bike-route/walk two hundred years after being built. For ease of uploading etc., it’s split into four video’s, parts one and two at Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal page.
Meccano Bridge area, pictured today, is well cleared after much work, of late, by volunteers. Their work video’s are at Youtube – search for Thefatfrier to see them.
Asap Bolton half mile or so, and parts of Manchester arm, will be video’d. Meanwhile, Take a bike-ride with – The Shadow!
Cobbles aside Wellington Street, Bury, to Banana Walk, Radcliffe, along Radcliffe canal, is a quiet three mile pedal. It is in itself an oopart but along the way today a new one. A bright shiny gate. Definitely out of place but good.A bit further and there’s water in the cut around the feed/overflow sections. Just beyond is Bank Top Bridge. (More cobbles under that) But then it’s a flat easy ride (a few more cobbles at old bridges) to Coney at Radcliffe. Right now it’s fairly dry but watch-out for overhanging branches and deer. (yes, one shot across Banana Walk this morning!)
Low Irwell water at Warth and a pic or two taken on pebble ‘islands’. An ‘out of place’ water-smoothed but once neat-cut sandstone ‘pebble’ has been dumped by flowing water. Wonder where that came from? And a spade remnant that might not be old – just water-battered.
Good weather and a couple of noisy steamers up at Bury South. Short video at Steam Train page – with the answer to ‘splice’ question.
Other folk were watching – one young man had been on Flying Scotsman Train while it had been at Bury. GRRR!