Saturday, January 2, 2010
We woke today with it snowing heavily and due to the recent number of late nights we decided to go for a walk in the Pennine foothills between Oldham and Rochdale. The lanes up onto the moorlands were very icy underfoot and with the new snow on top led to some spectacular ice dancing.
The snow was good fun and at times we couldn't see much in front of us. As we got higher the conditions deteriorated as the mist came in and we could hardly tell the land from the sky. It doesn't make for good photography but i have put a folder in the picture gallery if you fancy being bored for 5 minutes.
We headed up to Tandle hill as the views from the top are usually stunning with panoramas across to Jodrell bank telescope, Holme Moss, Winter hill, Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester.
Today though this was hidden from view as the snow storm was obliterating everything.
From the top of Tandle Hill we headed off towards the Rochdale canal at Boarshaw which was basically our path back home.
It has been a fantastic day of good snow and reasonable temperatures. It was great to be out in the snow again and look forward to the next trip.
- Alan R
- I am 59 and live in the North West of England with my soulmate Sheila. I have been backpacking and hiking since my early teens. Those early days were mainly spent in the Peak District. Having aquired the basic skills i have since enjoyed both long backpacking trips and shorter hikes in Northern and southern Spain, Iceland, Norway, Madeira, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Majorca, England, Scotland and Wales. Many people i have met along the way have remained friends to this day. It is a pleasure to have met them.