Saturday, 30 August 2014

Bolton Steam Museum - Saturday 24th August

 

A hidden gem, I’d never hear about this place – if you’re planning a visit, check out their website for the weekends when they are ‘in steam’.  Well worth a trip Smile

Full set here

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Sunshine Hills and Heather – Sunday 24th August

A solo run, with a bit of climbing enjoying the sunshine and the colours all around Smile

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Latchford Lock, Manchester Ship Canal - Monday 25th August

 

Typical Bank Holiday weather, dodged the heavy showers for a run after a bit of retail therapy and a visit to Latchford Lock in the morning Smile

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The view up the Manchester Ship Canal from Latchford Lock

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Chipping Show and Fell Race - Saturday 23rd August

 

Something for everyone at this great little show.  Quite a few Horwich and Bowland runners -  more of the athletes in action if it’s of interest Smile

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Perfect conditions on the day

Lots to keep the kids amused

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A very realistic looking cow for these guys to have a go at milk production

A fine selection of transportation

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And a Fell Race

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Race winner – Martin Shaw

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First Lady and new course record, Caitlin Rice, Glossopdale

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2nd V60 – Ian Charters : ))

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Excellent post race facilities – get that brush!

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Josie picks up 1st LV40 and 3rd lady overall

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The End of Summer? Saturday 16th August

I hope not, but a definite change in the atmosphere on Winter Hill for our run this morning.  The moorland heather is at its best just now, but the pictures don’t show the strong wind that blew me off the path more than a couple of times.  Still not too cold for shorts and no rain was felt so a satisfying 11 miles and a good test of the ankle after the holiday injury.  Enjoyed every minute Smile

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Looking across the heathers to Rivington Pike

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Looking across to Pike Cottage

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Approaching Two Lads

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and leaving

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Play time

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Winter Hill Mast in the distance

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My two companions

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Chateau de Foix and Col de Pailheres

 

Our final day before travelling home and a drive up to the Col de Pailheres at 2001m took us into the cloud, so with no views to inspire us to climb to the higher summits we decided to drive up the valley to Foix and its Chateau, once the heartland of the Cathars.  The castle dominates the town in the French d├ępartement of Ari├Ęge and played an important strategic role in mediaeval French history with its impregnable walls, later becoming a prison.  A fascinating place to visit.

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Early morning at Col de Pailheres

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and its residents

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Local produce at the market at Foix

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Chateau de Foix with a hint of the blue sky that would soon clear those clouds

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Castle walls

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Walls within walls

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Le Grand Cafe Gros in Foix dating back to 1876 – and grandly displaying the award confirming its Diplome D’Honneur un cafes historiques Europeens –

would have been rude not to have a drink here

 

With a late flight out of Toulouse on Wednesday we had time in hand to head back up to the Col de Pailheres to enjoy the final views in perfect conditions.

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Another magnet for cyclists having been part of the Tour de France many times

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A helping hand – nearly there

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The road down to Querigut – rather them than me

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Down they go

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and there they are on the way down

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Not time to get up to the top – so much to go back for Smile

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