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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 17th February, 2021)

Winter Hill


Winter Hill
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Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 1,930

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th February 2021 at 07:51

Read about Winter Hill on the BBC News yesterday re a peat fire that destroyed much moorland. Shame about al those masts on the skyline.

Comment by: Ken on 17th February 2021 at 08:04

Lived in Blackrod view from my bedroom window as a child.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th February 2021 at 08:19

There's a haunting beauty about this photograph. I like it very much. It looks as if the masts have taken root and they are spreading. I didn't realise there were so many up there....

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 17th February 2021 at 08:42

When the mast is lit up at night, you feel you could walk to it from whatever area of Wigan you live in, it seems so near. Same when there is snow on those hills...it must be the brightness that creates the illusion of closeness.

Comment by: Arthur on 17th February 2021 at 09:09

Those TV mast are still in use for the North West , Helen of Troy.
They are vital.

Comment by: Garry on 17th February 2021 at 09:16

TV mast are still used for the North West of England.
The peat fire was caused by idiots after allegedly leaving a camp fire unattended.

Comment by: Mick on 17th February 2021 at 09:48

Helen if we didn't have those masts on the skyline we wouldn't have any telly. and no way for our emergency services to communicate.

Comment by: A.W. on 17th February 2021 at 10:11

I can say one thing about this photo, it looks COWD!

Comment by: Poet on 17th February 2021 at 10:13

Hard and metallic . The pike an anvil , the sky a sheet of steel . The masts daggers . Nothing moving , paralysed with cold . Time to throw on a log .

Comment by: PeterP on 17th February 2021 at 12:00

Can see the large mast from our back garden even though we live miles away(Ashton). Keep telling the grand kids its Blackpool Tower when it is lit up

Comment by: rainh on 17th February 2021 at 12:58

I see it totally different . I see a heavy deep rolling ocean , even a perfect wave . I also think Bob Ross has had a go at it .

Comment by: Cyril on 17th February 2021 at 13:21

That is a really clear photo Mick, you can even see the guy cables supporting the mast.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 17th February 2021 at 13:37

As you say, the masts are needed but it still doesnt stop them being intrusive on high moorland... thats my view & you dont have to agree with it at all.

Comment by: Alan on 17th February 2021 at 13:39

Without the TV masts and trees it looks like a Moon shot.

Comment by: Poet on 17th February 2021 at 14:11

A brilliant insight rainh . Those masts have just been transformed into a whaling fleet before my very eyes .

Comment by: Mick on 17th February 2021 at 14:47

Cyril my dad dug the holes for the cable foundations.
Helen if the mast wasn't there, a lot of Wiganers wouldn't know were to get off the M6

Comment by: helen of troy on 17th February 2021 at 15:09

They obviously can't read signs or maps the Mick !!

Comment by: Arthur on 17th February 2021 at 15:22

Wow Helen's spit her dummy out.
Mick talking stupid again .
Winter Hill is the highest point in Lancashire.

Comment by: Edna on 17th February 2021 at 15:53

I love everything about this area. We could see Winter Hill from our first home, in Blackrod in the 60s.

Comment by: John B on 17th February 2021 at 16:12

Arthur, its not the highest in Lancashire... or even Greater Manchester, who sounds stupid now.

Comment by: janet on 17th February 2021 at 16:25

is this wigan world or rivington world mick

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 17th February 2021 at 17:02

Being Australian, I didn't know there was mountains in Wigan. Is there a ski centre? I'll have to have a trip there sometime in the future.

Comment by: Alan on 17th February 2021 at 17:13

Winter hill IS the highest point.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 17th February 2021 at 17:21

Helen certainly hasn't spit her dummy out. She is a lovely lady and merely put forward her view on the masts, stating quite plainly that she doesn't expect it to be everyone's view. She always speaks fairly and she obviously appreciates and enjoys photo-a-day.

Comment by: Alex on 17th February 2021 at 17:22

Winter Hill at Rivington is the highest in Lancashire, the summit is 4565 metres or 1,496ft high....that's some height.

Comment by: Anne on 17th February 2021 at 18:39

Pendle Hill is higher, so is Green Hill near Kirkby Lonsdale. Much higher.

Comment by: John B on 17th February 2021 at 19:23

Alex it isn't, Green hill is 631 m. winter hill is 456m. https://peakvisor.com/adm/lancashire.html

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 17th February 2021 at 22:03

Good atmospheric picture Mick. Where did you take it from. Reminds me of the air crash up there in 1958. I copied the following information from Wikipedia. The Winter Hill air disaster occurred on 27 February 1958, when the Silver City Airways Bristol 170 Freighter G-AICS, operated by Manx Airlines on a charter flight from the Isle of Man to Manchester, England, crashed during heavy snow into Winter Hill, 5 miles southeast of Chorley. Thirty-five people died and seven were injured; the cause was determined to be navigational errors.

Comment by: Mick on 18th February 2021 at 07:30

Frank it was taken from Southlands ave Standish

Comment by: Anne on 18th February 2021 at 07:53

There is a commemoration plaque up there near the tv mast buildings, shown on the video I did August 2019.

Comment by: Mick on 18th February 2021 at 09:20

Anne I made a video showing the air crash plaque and the remembrance one for the murdered Scotsman

https://youtu.be/uztZaqJAt70

Comment by: Anne on 18th February 2021 at 10:28

Yes Mick for that as well. I had relatives from Annan, they were amazes at that plaque noting an Annan man being murdered up there. Suprising what can be seen from there Great Orme Llandudno in one direct Heysham power station the other direction.

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