A couple of photo’s taken along the Radcliffe/Little Lever arm of Bury & Bolton Canal last March. It’s much the same now only muddier! A good two to three mile walk or ride either way. Or walk to Hall Lane and get the bus back!
Cold today but that’s okay when pedalling steadily – it keeps you cool. Canal paths are clear but muddy where not surfaced and the Viaduct at Bury is thick with slippery rotted leaves. But still okay if you’re careful. Nature Trail to M/C is the same – take care.
No rain today so a bike-ride around the locality. Up at Bury South a tasty little steamer getting ready to haul the Dining Cars I beleive.
Then, later, a bit of bike-mending. Stripped a dodgy Trek frame which is okay – good adjustable Suntour forks and some tasty gear mechs – dirty but working. V-Brake arms (Avid) okay.
Cooler and cloudy this morning but it was well worth a ride past Bury South to check-out the out-of-place steam locomotives. It’s quite awesome when over 100 tons of steaming iron and steel just roll smoothly by! This one was built in the same year as my house – 1927.
Busy this morning at Bury South and totally ‘out-of-place’ lately was this steam loco’ goods train. More pics of today’s loco’s under ‘Steam’.
Dull and overcast this morning but a dry bike-ride to Bury and then onto Cycle Route 6, around the new GMP Station. The target was a not too far Burrs Country Park and after Route 6 at Georges Bridge, it wasn’t far along Woodhill Road.
More or less got lost around the maze of footpaths (wot, no bikes?) but went as far as The Brown Cow on this initial trip. Canoists about around there too. More pics on Burrs Page.
Sunny but quite cold this morning and, only yards from the main road, the weir ‘lagoon’ at Warth provides a home and/or feeding-ground for several species of birds. Sea-gulls, swans, ducks and geese about this morning and sometimes a local Heron sits on that weir top.
There’s a small road-works at Bury/Radcliffe Road junction with Manchester Road. Take care if on a bike up there.
Cold (oh yes!) and misty early-on but a few miles done on the bike. (With freezing fingers!)
Yesterday over 10,000 and possibly 15,000 (depending on what you read) cyclists took part in this year’s Manchester Sky Ride. Along the route the roads of Manchester were closed.
Locally, around North Manchester, there are cycle routes along canal tow-paths and the Nature Trail, where you can cycle several miles traffic-free. Many local roads have cycle lanes.
Some of these routes, locally, are of course old canal tow-paths and ex-railway tracks that have been converted to footpaths and/or cycle routes. Most of them are ooparts (out-of-place-artifacts) and riding around them is like going back in time. For those as yet unfamiliar with the local routes a few photo’s are here as a route guide.
Seeking them out, with bike and camera, keeps you fit as well as being interesting.
Cooler this morning and the bike-ride, around Radcliffe and Bury roads, was easier as a result. A chance for some ‘wildlife photography’ presented itself too, along the Wellington Street Viaduct…
…as you can see, I’m no David Attenborough…
Erm, it’s a Grey Squirrel.
Warm bike-riding lately around the Bury and Radcliffe ooparts. Hogweeds will die-back from about now and Himalayan Balsam will line the local routes. This is harmless but does grow high and wild so take care if visibility is impaired by it.
Top photo is of the replaced bridge over the Elton Reservoir inlet. Around this rougher (?), northern side of the reservoir I believe other, newer, bridges have been installed and parts of the track improved. Not seen G. Hogweeds around there but H. Balsam is plentiful.
At the old footbridge next to the Wellington Street Viaduct, the overhanging trees, on the St. Gabriels side, have been shifted. They were, for folk on bikes, a nightmare!
Around the local bike-routes new Bramble shoots extend, at rider-level, across the lanes. These have myriad ultra-sharp thorns – take care.
While it’s warm folk wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Brambles, Hogweeds and nettles are at their peak growths. Stay clear if possible.