De-foresting and a bit of sun allowed a ride along Railway Terrace footpaths by Compton Reservoir Bury earlier. Megalithic walls – railway built – and one or two short tunnels under or near the viaduct add a few yards to bike/pedestrian routes. Old machinery by reservoir now well out of place! Riding here is okay but there are (modern?) flights of steps. Tricky but not impossible with a bike. It gets impassable here when Balsam is in bloom.
Footpath from the back of Railway Terrace, near Wellington Street, Bury, is much better after de-forestation of Crompton’s Lodge. There are steps and a stone tunnel further along the uphill path but it’s a good short-cut to Elton – Bolton Road – near Bury.
Flying Scotsman is about once more – not seen yet – but City of Wells up at Bury South. Approach to Wellington Street viaduct bike-route has a nasty fallen tree-trunk halfway over path – take care along there. Old leaves, in rotting piles, slippery too.
‘Ladies Day’ on the steamers?
Building work, near Bury, is going-on where the canal used to be. Diggers uncovered what looked like a cutting side or maybe a wall. The pile of old stone dug-up looks like old factory building parts – one some kind of gate-post. Some may be canal parts even.
At the end of Daisyfield Greenway (NCR 6), coming from Bury toward Radcliffe, is a cross-roads. Turning right gets you to the side-streets behind Bury and Bolton Road. Turning left takes you over the Elton Reservoir feed stream oopart and then, following that stream by turning right, you’ll reach Elton Reservoir Boat Club car-park on your right. Keeping left along the lane behind the club takes you to a farm gate – you can go past and come out at Benny’s Ruin near Bank Top Bridge over Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal at Warth. But going through the right turn-off style and up the steep bit of path you’re atop Elton reservoir embankment. Go down to the farm lane, turn left to Benny’s Ruin and turn right for Bank Top Bridge. Bury/Radcliffe Road is half a mile away under Lattice Bridge and along by River Irwell path to that main road. Several ooparts on the route which is fairly flat.
A field with horses is, in many areas, something of an oopart lately but locally there are quite a few.
Major ‘oopart’ discoveries in the UK happen now and then and very recently, in the Stonehenge vicinity, a buried line of megaliths has been found by modern radar equipment. The megaliths, lumps of stone as at Stonehenge, seem to be about fifteen feet long and quite bulky. And there are maybe ninety of them.
Once again a major puzzle for our archaeologists. Already ‘ritual’ has been purported for the meaning/purpose of the stone arrangement. Shortly doubtless ‘spacemen’ will be another offering. And/or Giants. And/or an ‘Ancient Civilization’.
Whatever it was it’s just another massive archaeological conundrum among the many in that area.
Sadly it’s a bit distant for access by bike, then again, folk from all over the place accessed the area at that time …
A large oopart steams up to Bury South this morning pulling its train of umpteen coaches. These things are so big it’s difficult to photograph ’em. When one has gone past, and you get back onto your bike, you feel really small! But a great sight to kick-off a post or two in August.
Local bike-routes are all open okay but, as ever at this time of year, watch-out for the Hogweeds and, I’ve noticed, the thick straggling bramble branches that, here and there, extend across the paths. The thorns are huge. There are too a few low branches on the (say) Wellington Viaduct access paths. They can, if you’re not careful, have someone’s eye out.
Sky-Ride tomorrow – Sunday 2nd – at Manchester. A unicyclist not a million miles away will be going.