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Mon 28 Sep 2015

It was a clear sky so I got up at 03:00 am to watch the Super/Blood/Harvest Moon. The colourful view was when the moon was eclipsed by the earth at 03:35 and the second image at 05:10am when the moon emerged from the Earth's shadow..

Fri 25 Sep 2015

I'd camped at Hound Point on the Firth of Forth and was treated to a wonderful sunrise.

After the Forth of Forth I cycled to Edinburgh and arrived in sunshine and this picturesque view of the Scott Monument.

Thu 24 Sep 2015



While cycling towards Dunning I came across this monument to Maggie Wall, burnt as a witch in 1657. There is a lot of controversy about Maggie and several stories relating to her death. She wasn't burnt here but in a wooded area a few miles away.


Later in the day cycled over the Forth Road Bridge

Wed 23 Sep 2015

On the cycle track above Loch Lubnaig

Approaching the summit of Glen Ogle on the old railway line.



The end of the day was a tack through my back tyre needing an inner tube replacement.

Tue 22 Sep 2015

Heading for Scotland for a few days cycling with my new Surly bike.

At Preston waiting for the 06:40 train to Glasgow.

Approaching Glasgow on the train



Passing through Milton of Campsie on the cycle path that follows the old rail track.

Sat 19 Sep 2015



Today is the 18th Craft, Produce and Flower Show. St Chad's, Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods. PR6 8LL Saturday 19th Sep 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
In St Chad's School. New Assembly Hall. Presentation of prizes at 3:15pm by Mr John Riley, Head master St Chad's School. Admission by donation.

  This is a Rivington Cake made to a special recipe for people walking up Rivington Pike.

The flypast of Avro Vulcan XH558 bomber over the Whittle-le-Woods, Brindle and Hoghton area on Sat 19th Sep 2015. I walked up Duxon Hill to get this view of her flying over Hoghton Tower.

Saturday evening view from the Leeds and Liverpool canal bridge at the Top Lock. Nice sunsets can sometimes illuminate familiar views with golden light.

Fri 18 Sep 2015



Time for new front tyres on the car. I left the car at Stocks Garage Weelton for the work to be done then went for a walk along the canal while they were doing the work. The photo below was returning from Riley Green along the Leeds and Liverpool canal on the approach to Withnell Fold.

Wed 16 Sep 2015

One of my favourite stretches of road to cycle and drive along is the A686 between Melmerby & Alston, Cumbria. The summit is Hartside Pass & it was the finish of Stage 5 Thu 10 Sep of this year's Tour of Britain Cycle Race. I drove over this afternoon on my way back from a walk over the moors. Cycle displays were still by the road.

Tue 15 Sep 2015

This evening gave an illustrated talk to the Friends of Alston Hall at Alston Hall, near Longridge. It appears that its days may be numbered as they are not accepting any more bookings after Christmas.

Sat 12 Sep 2015

This weekend is the Open Heritage Days.
At 13:10 I was at the Chorley Unitarian Chapel, Park Street where Doreen Jolly did a talk about the history.



Sunny evening walk along Town Lane, Whitle-le-Woods.

Fri 11 Sep 2015

South of St Andrews is Scotland's Secret Bunker. An amazing place to visit.It was built in the early 1950s as an early warning and comman bunker for the Cold War.

Thu 10 Sep 2015

This is Glen Mark. Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle and frequently travelling the mountain trails. In 1861 they rode the 15 miles (24 km) from Balmoral to Glen Mark and met with Lord Dalhousie beside an artesian well. Here they were refreshed by the spring water before continuing to Invermark Lodge where they stayed overnight. To commemorate the visit Lord Dalhousie erected this monument in the shape of a royal crown over the well.
Marked on the stone is:
“Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, and his Royal Highness the Prince Consort, visited this well and drank of its refreshing waters, on the 20th September, 1861, the year of Her Majesty's great sorrow,” The sorrow bit is presumably referring to Albert’s death.
Wed 09 Sep 2015

Drove to Scotland to do some walking in the Glen Esk area. This is the Maule Monument on the Hill of Rowan and was built by the first Baron Panmure in 1866 to commemorate seven members of his family. It is also dedicated to Lord Panmure, Lady Christian Maule and Lady Ramsay Macdonald. On the top is a quartzite cap.
Tue 08 Sep 2015

Work is underway to excavate masses of Whittle Hills at Hill Top Lane ready for new housing.
Mon 07 Sep 2015

The official opening of the Chorley Heritage Centre Support Group Exhibition in the Astley Farmhouse Building near Astley Hall, Chorley.
Opened by the Mayor of Chorley, Cllr Marion Lowe with Lincoln Shields of the Heritage Support Group. Open to the public from Wednesday

 Members of the family who used to live at the farm.

Sat 05 Sep 2015

This afternoon cycled to Astley Park to see the Evader's Garden.

The visibility of the metal figure varies as the viewpoint is changed.



The design was created by Chorley designer John Everiss and tells the story of his father's journey after being shot down over France during WWII. On 16 Apr 1943 was shot down while navigator in a Stirling Bomber. He was saved by members of the local Chauny Resistance. He escaped over the Pyrenees and was eventually repatriated in June 1943. All seven crew survived. So his French helpers knew he returned safely the BBC broadcast a coded message in French. It was "the lilies bloom again."

Stan Everiss

The story was even more intriguing. Stan was knocked unconscious in the crash and on coming round had the foresight to take a photo of the crash site on a camera which he always carried. He then buried it in a field together with his service watch. It 1947 Stan returned to the crash site and recovered his camera and watch. The photographs were then developed.

Fri 04 Sep 2015

The  Aiggin Stone on Blacksone Edge above Littleborough. It is a medieval guide stone for travellers about 600 years old.



Just below the Aiggin Stone is this stretch of old pack horse road. The map says its Roman. The route may be but the stones aren't.



The Pennine Way crosses the M62 Motorway

Above Littleborough is this Lancashire / Yorkshire Boundary Stone.
It's on the A58 Rochdale Road

Tue 01 Sep 2015

 This morning drove to Ambleside to pick up my new Surly bike from Ghyllside Cycles



Ghyllside Cycles specialise in touring bikes

The Surly bike in Ambleside

The Surly bike at home

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