Previously LSS's parents lived in Blackpool and I would go running on the beach bare-footed when there, and even on one occasion I ran to Fleetwood and back along the beach and the sea wall path.
With the flat of the seaside land left behind, there is now the undulating terrain to run across where amongst the now long abandoned mine shafts of the Yarrow Valley, Arkwright built his first mill and kick-started the Industrial Revolution.
After a good check on the map I found that the TV mast in question is mounted atop 'Winter Hill' a place that has seen a fair bit of tragedy over the years, from murder to plane crashes... The most infamous of these being the 'Winter Hill air disaster'.
Sitting down and planning a route through perusing the OS & road maps on-line I found the distance to it was only 8.5 miles, with the return matching that of course!
So early one morning I awoke and dragged my sorry arse out of bed and away I jogged. The previous night it had rained solidly for around 12 hours so the ground was still pretty damp and the sky overcast.
|Crossing the motorway chasing the TV Mast|
|Crossing the reservoir|
|Shrouded in mist|
|The Air disaster memorial|
|The facts of the hill|
|A bleak place for a life to end.|
|The murder memorial standing alone.|
|Looking back to the Pike from the mast|
|Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium|
Eventually I returned covered in mud to the in-laws to recover.
|The hill & mast from the house. The mast is just left of the tree.|