Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

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Post by Condor on Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:42 pm

Many pics here of Radcliffe to Bury canal arm - here's the 'unadopted' Radcliffe to Little Lever ride - part one. A bit slow at start - cobbles!
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Condor on Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:46 pm

It's a 'VBV' - very boring video.

Never thought to put one here - doh! Video thread - Thud

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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Tan on Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:37 pm

Girl Smile  You found the room in the end.  Laughing

Wow. I never realised there were houses and flats built so near to the canal. Beautiful views for them all. Lovely ride out for you. I was holding my breath each time you rode near the edge. Sure you did that deliberately.  surprise chuckles
It isn't a VBV, it is a VGV  :clap10:

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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by nordog on Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:19 pm

Condor, can you take a photo of where you put your camera and how it is fitted? for it sounds to me that you have no tyres fitted to the wheels (Dunlop invented rubber tyres years ago) and you must have been walking your bike on them cobbles, the faster you go the less bumps over them cobbles, at one time I thought you/we would end up in the canal.
All in all not bad for a start.
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Post by Condor on Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:55 pm

Yes, walked along very bumpy cobbles. It shakes camera too much. Walked with wheels on smooth edge stones. But rode most of way.
Here's Part Two ...

This is smoother and better to ride ... The closer to edge the more it's like a barge rather than a bike.
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Condor on Sat Jun 11, 2016 1:56 pm

June's not been down here - yet. surprise
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Tan on Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:40 pm

That's better the smoother ride for you.  Very Happy A very nice ride out there.  bike
Enjoy your weekend, and hopefully more of the sunshine.  Coffee

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Post by honeybee on Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:35 am

oh wow fantastic Cee thanks so much Kiss
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by June on Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:54 am

Condor wrote:June's not been down here - yet. surprise


Yes, I have, just now with your videos Very Happy  Thanks for the ride :clap10:

You're right. Have not walked down the more built up side from the centre of Radcliffe.

Only familiar with the quieter, Bury side, from here to the reservoir.

It will be much shorter on a bike than on foot. bike
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Post by nordog on Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:52 am

Condor, if your ever likely to viset the Bath area, bring your bike and ride the Kennet & Avon canal much smoother for you. and very quiet even in Bath it's self.
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Condor on Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:32 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Thanks all! This old canal was used for shifting coal, from Radcliffe to Bury and Manchester originally. Later other goods - chemicals, cloth, cotton etc.
Here's part three if you get time ...

Old steam crane is in this one at Ladyshore. I like going over the old bridges and through old gates. In this part to the left is a steep drop to River Irwell below. Coal was mined all around here.
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Post by Condor on Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:36 pm

I think Kennet & Avon on bbc with Tim West and Pru' Scales on a barge. Would be great Nordog. Other canals up here fully 'modernised' for (say) bikes. This one more or less as it was, with a few safety alterations.
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by June on Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:46 pm

Dave is looking forward to Part 3. Watched the others today.

At the moment he's watching footie Very Happy
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Post by Condor on Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:54 pm

If you get time, here's part four - final bit.

Canal goes a bit further toward Bolton, but the interesting bit is down Prestolee Road to meet-up with Manchester arm. Much of this is lost but there are still a few old remains.
Thanks for watching.
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Re: Radcliffe to Little Lever along canal Part One

Post by Tan on Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:14 pm

Such lovely area's there, sure interesting about the history. Also must be nice seeing the changes each season brings as well cycling through there as you do. 
Great the birds there, do you ever come across any animals, like maybe Deer, rabbits as well? 

I looked up about the Hogweed a few weeks ago, and also think it was last week a youngster had brushed against some, terrible the burns/blistering that could be seen, must have been painful.

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Post by Condor on Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:54 pm

Animals will probably be there. You often see squirrels, occasionally a rabbit, rarely a deer. There are foxes but very rarely sighted. Strangely more deer/rabbit sightings closer to houses I find. surprise Most rabbits around St. Gabriels School near Bury. See several nearly every morning. Hard to photograph.
Hogweed  (seed) 'travels' along moving water; rivers. Canal is stagnant hence little Hogweed. But there are one or two. Nature Trail is full of it and - near motorway bridge - bats.
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Post by Condor on Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:59 pm

Off that canal ride are a few ride-able old lanes. They usually go steeply down to River Irwell/Croal below - the one down Ladyshore is slowly collapsing, so a detour, from cobbles, made >


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Post by June on Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:40 pm

Looking forward to viewing parts three and four when I can drag Dave away from the footie Very Happy
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Post by Tan on Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:36 pm

At least nice knowing several wildlife enjoy that area. Plenty of places for them to hide in when a cyclist comes pootling along.  Laughing
Lovely ride out there with being such a nice and sunny day. The fluffy white clouds as well as the beautiful scenic views there.

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