"Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great
beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the
hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.
Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,
and often go wandering around on our own - and at times when there is
perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling
weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice
and what we choose to do - and we would defend our right to do just this
– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and
equip ourselves to minimise the risks.
In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE
there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The
body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably
dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.
DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite"
today the weather was - 4c dropping to -6c combined with scrambling along a ice covered stream with a water at 3C, the snow was waste high for Jake in several parts of the scramble, The road was passable with care (I saw two local cars get stuck and they were just moving their cars off the driveway to the small car park opposite their houses , get stuck up here and you have a long walk in these temperature's with wet -ice covered clothing( in this case ) is not a a positive experience for a 7 year old!
ice stream scramble
the ice is slippery
exit to a tunnel
see Jakes other Blogs for more information and pictures in the summer,
Good local heritage site
Good fossil guide to this area
Bolton Mountain rescue