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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.
A warm bike-ride around Radcliffe and Bury ooparts this morning. It was quiet around the railway yards – not much doing these days ‘Steam-wise’.
And along the viaduct ‘up’ path Raspberries are in profusion…
…there are plenty but such stuff is, these days, an oopart. Me mate doesn’t get along the viaduct much lately either, so around here he too is an oopart perhaps!
Further along the ride the new bridge by the sailing club is much better.
And leads to the massive oopart of Elton Reservoir.
From there a flat, easy ride back to Radcliffe. And a Heron at Coney Green.
6 or 7 miles fairly flat.
It was already warm at eight-thirty for a ride-around Radcliffe & Bury. Everything green at Warth and a watch is being kept for a wild plant thought to be extinct – Agrostemma Githago – the Corn-Cockle. It’s poisonous with highly toxic sap…but at least it’s a native (oopart?) plant.
No ride out yesterday as working. So today an easy few miles done on the bike locally. 1970’s ? oopart on two wheels brought back to life yesterday! With 27 inch wheels to contend with (8mm axle on the front) it’s not so much the repairs as the sourcing!
(See Bike Repairs Page)
A quick ride to Radcliffe and back between showers this morning. Been keeping an eye out for young Yates from Bury in Le Tour. He was upfront yesterday.
They should put Radcliffe New Road, Ainsworh Road and Bury and Bolton Road uphills in Le Tour – that would sort Le Men from Le Boys!
Ed’s been going along The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal to Little Lever, then down to the Manchester Arm to the Prestolee Road oopart (a nightmare on two wheels let alone one!) then to Ringley Road and then back down by Wood Street to Ringley Road Station and the Nature Trail back to Radcliffe. Along the old Manchester Arm it is, being summer, well overgrown, but still a good all-round ride with all sorts of road and track surfaces. Prestolee Road(s) shove two nasty hills into the ride too.