Heavy rain earlier but it’s gone off a bit. Bike-time?
No, it’s throwing it down again!
So a pic from earlier in the year of the old dis-used and empty aqueduct miles away in the wilds of Prestwich (I think) that is reached from the Nature Trail at Radcliffe or Agecroft.
When visited, and it’s just a teeny bit off the beaten tracks, this old brick and stone relic was emplanted with the biggest Giant Hogweed so far seen, by us at any rate, and the rest of the channel – many feet above the River Irwell far below – was generally overgrown with all sorts of weeds. It’s difficult too to get a pic of the structure from below as thickly-wooded areas hide the thing. But it is there after about two hundred years of being ‘in existence’. Close by is the well-known and far more visible railway viaduct (pictures below I think) and you do have to hunt around a bit to gain access to the aqueduct which is, really, blocked-off as an actual route-way.(As is the viaduct – they’re both not 100% safe)
A good woodland walk or ride from Radcliffe, over motorway bridge and then look for viaduct signs near the steep downhill paths after the bridge. Riding back up these, on the way back, is training indeed!
But quite manageable!
It was quite warm this morning for the ride-around and there were many on two-wheels taking advantage of early, traffic-free roads. Clear roads are great but the local bike-routes are better. The Nature Trail, running through Bury, Radcliffe and to Manchester, is dual-surfaced in parts – you can ride tarmac or mud up to the Motorway Bridge – and then, after the bridge the trails are reasonable hard-surfaced to Agecroft. Then it’s the road or the river-path – either way a clear, flat route. Pics above, taken last January, are of the old, disused rail viaduct just after the Motorway Bridge at Prestwich.
Nearby is an older (?) aqueduct that once carried the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal over the River Irwell. Just the overgrown old bricks of local ooparts now, but good route-markers!
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.