Saturday 19th April 2014.

Ap30Muddy tracks have dried-out and so a ride over the Nature Trail was fine this morning. Most of the route to (say) the motorway bridge is now part tarmac surfaced and so it can be a ride as fast or as slow as you like. Go off the main (Route 6) drag and you’ve got mud that’s deep in parts.
Ap31Off the main drag too is the old Wood Street that led to Ringley Road Station – a good uphill ride for any cyclist.
Ap32Up top here the views are good and the main drag is way below. Saw some old assembled stones – maybe a bridge rampart or part of a farm building?? Dunno yet.
On the way back checked out Sion Street as far as the Colour (?) Bridge. It’s still out of order as far as I can see.
One the way back to Radcliffe centre, along Sion Street, the Giant Hogweeds are sprouting and rampant!
Ap33Not to mention the acres of Himalayan Balsam along the roadside…
:)

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Friday 18th April 2014.

Ap22A much better morning for biking and Banana Walk is greening-up well. From there the canal tow-path was fine – very sunny! – for a slow ride to the Bury end.
Ap23Bright sun over the advert bridge and the wind – still cold – was from the north.
Ap24Two mile later and the scaffolded bridge is ahead. Male swan is opposite.
Ap25Female swan is asleep!
Ap26Just a couple of ducks dive and duck for food.
An easy ride back with the wind behind. Hinds Lane is (at last!) dry and easy to ride. Sunny and green back at Banana…
Ap27

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Thursday April 17th 2014.

feb23Dull and cloudy for the morning’s bike-ride but not too cold. Everywhere was reasonably dry too.
:)

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Wednesday 16th April 2014.

Ap21An oopart of a view! Fifty or more feet below me would have been the Bury end of The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal as it passed below Daisyfield Viaduct. Ahead can be seen Heracles (Holcombe) Hill and its old tower – itself something of an oopart. These days the mill chimney is a home for greenery – defo ooparts!
School hols locally so the roads are far quieter and the bike-routes all the more accessible. Sunny, yes, but cold early on.
:)

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Tuesday 15th April 2014.

Ap20Fine weather for the bike-ride this morning and a shot at wild-life photography was taken. The picture is of a Jay (a bird) and I had the zoom on while I took it. (The partial bird on the right is a Canada Goose – the Jay is the small blob centrally in the photograph.)
Yes, I know, I’ll stick to bridge and canal pics…
But a fine morning for two wheels and, schools being on holiday I think, the roads were fairly clear this morning.
Cycle routes seem clear and Ed was around the Nature Trail last night. Colour Bridge is still a building-site but work seems to be progressing…
:)

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Monday 14th April 2014.

Ap15Sunny this morning and the lanes were dry and clear.
:)

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Sunday 13th April 2014.

Ap14A quiet Sunday on the roads and a little ‘off-road’ was ridden as well. There were several a’twitching at Elton. Something unusually and interestingly avian must be flapping and/or paddling about up there. It’ll be small as they have large portable tripods that they lug about to which they attach massive binoculars. Yet a hundred yards up the canal and now nesting, is a massive swan. (actually a pair) Big birds like this don’t fly off if a twig snaps, they just carry-on eating the full loaf of Kingsmill that someone has thrown for them. And you don’t need binoculars and tripods.
Ap15So there is, along the canal, bird-watching and bird-watching.
Ap16Several bikers were about this morning despite a cold chill to the air. But there’s room for many more along the cycle-routes.
Ap17
:)

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Thursday 10th April 2014

Much better weather this morning and a few pictures were taken en-route, which was, today, entirely Cycle Route!
Ap8There’s a usually busy downhill to Radcliffe Canal along Banana Walk and, by the Red Bridge at the canal a few Mallards were about. It was much milder this morning.
Ap9From that Red Bridge (Water Made it Wet ?!) you’ve a good couple of miles of well-surfaced tow-path, to walk or ride, up to (say) an old scaffolded bridge that takes a farm-lane over the canal.
Ap10There are a couple of red-brick bridges on the way with restricted visibility, so slow down if you’re on a bike!
Ap11The farm track over the scaffolded bridge leads to the canal feed reservoir (Elton Reservoir) and you’ll go over one of the feed-channels.
Ap12The footpaths going up the reservoir embankment sides are steep but short and, in reasonable weather, there’s a good, watery view back to Radcliffe (Constelation Mill can be seen from nearly everywhere!).
From there the bike was turned around and a ride back done. Altogether at least five or six miles.

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Sunday 6th April 2014.

Ap6Dull once again but a good view of what I think is a shunting engine at Bury South. The daily bike-ride is, at present, just over five miles and, as weather improves, that will be gently increased. There were a few out on ‘Roadies’ this morning.
Ap7Loadsa Daffs on the way home. A touch of rain along Bury Road and there’s road-up stuff by Radcliffe Town Hall. Take care if you’re biking along there today. Other routes seem okay and traffic was light this morning.
:)

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Saturday 5th April 2014.

Another doldrum day weather-wise but a good ‘sighting’ of a local Steam Train engine approaching Bury South signal-box.
Ap3
Ap4I imagine this will be running from Bolton Street to Rawtenstall perhaps (?). Against HS2 a definite oopart. But I know which would be the more popular! And, more importantly, the more cost effective!
The engine looked great this morning lads. Have a good day with it.
:)

From Bell Vue Terrace bridge to the Daisyfield Greenway Cycle-Route and up and down path bushes are all greening-up…
Ap5
Dull weather but windless for a fairly easy bike-ride around Radcliffe and Bury.
:)

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