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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 13th August, 2020)

Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank
View from the top of Ivy Brow, Aspull. The white building on the right, near the horizon, is Jodrell Bank Telescope with the dish pointing vertically upwards.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Mick on 13th August 2020 at 06:45

That must be around 40 miles away, cant help wondering what are the hills behind Jodrell Bank, is it Wales or Derbyshire

Our house will be more over to the right on this one.

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 13th August 2020 at 08:13

By gum Dennis, that's some shot. I recon it must be 30 miles or so to Jodrell Bank from Aspull as the crow flies. Looking over Hindley, Lymm and Knutsford, with the Derbyshire hills in the distance to the left of the picture, well done fella !

Comment by: Walt(Nth Yorkshire) on 13th August 2020 at 08:19

Mick, I don't think its Wales they would be more to the right of the pic,. Like you, I recon they are the Derbyshire Dales, Peak District National Park. But, there are a few places in Aspull where you can see the mountains of North Wales from.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2020 at 09:08

Walt, I used to have a better view of the Radio Telescope from my back bedroom window, unfortunately the trees behind my house have grown taller and now obscure the view.
I remember watching the firework displays for the millennium from the same window, it was pretty spectacular.

Comment by: Gary on 13th August 2020 at 09:31

Doesn't get much better - Jodrell Bank radio telescope is 63 years old and remains highly useful in its field.
I would never have guessed it could be seen from Aspull.
Distant views were a Rivington Pike thing - Irish Sea, mountains in North Wales etc.
Fantastic Dennis.

Comment by: Roy on 13th August 2020 at 09:50

Mick, if you lived in Shavington near Crewe it would be, but you live in Shevington near Wigan which is behind Dennis and his camera.

Comment by: Mick on 13th August 2020 at 10:12

Thanks for pointing that out Roy
Ive been to Shavington and remember a fatal car crash on the bends on Shevy lane, the lads in the car came from Shavington and had been in Henry Africas.

Comment by: Poet on 13th August 2020 at 11:01

Are those birds on the wires Dennis ? They're quite a flock and I bet that swooping swallow could make Mam Tor in 15 minutes. My feeling however is that those distant uplands could be the north Staffordshire hills around Leek .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2020 at 11:48

Yes, they are birds Poet.
The first town beyond Jodrell Bank from this angle would be Congleton in Cheshire.

Comment by: Roy on 13th August 2020 at 12:24

Dave, on a map of the country i have drawn the proverbial straight line from Aspull through Jodrell Bank and onwards, it passed through the centre of Stoke which makes the hills on the right of the photo as you say, the lower Peak District behind Leek, running north to the left of the pic.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 13th August 2020 at 12:47

Brilliant photo !

Comment by: Cyril on 13th August 2020 at 13:57

I'd have a guess at the Cheshire end of the Peak district country park near Macclesfield. Information on here. http://www.gps-routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/teggs-nose-country-park-walking-and-cycle-route

Surprisingly in good clear weather there's a good view of the Peak District hills from St Catharine's school on Scholefield Lane.

Comment by: Poet on 13th August 2020 at 14:04

Good work Roy. Much obliged.

Comment by: Roy on 13th August 2020 at 14:43

Your'e correct Dennis, Congleton is half a mile to the right of my 'straight' line. Brilliant photo by the way.

Comment by: f on 13th August 2020 at 16:26

Wash the distance , wide and far ,
Void of barriers, walls or car,
Free to let my dreams explore ,
Let my mind just ease and soar.
Be a bird for just a mo,
Rise up high and look below ,
Look to distance yonder place ,
Leave for others and leave no trace .

Comment by: Veronica on 13th August 2020 at 16:30

Reminds me of the song....
On a clear day, on that clear day, You can see forever and ever, and ever , And ever more.
Lovely photo.

Comment by: Carolaen on 13th August 2020 at 17:20

Gary you might be surprised where can see things from in Aspull. I well remember in 1984 we are at my Grandfathers funeral.at St David's in Haigh. After the burial we were walking through the churchyard and I suddenly realised that the mountain I could see in the distance must be Snowdon. It was a very very clear summer day with no heat haze, but it was very distinct.

Comment by: James Hanson on 13th August 2020 at 17:46

Macclesfield and Buxton I'dsay.

Comment by: Axcroft on 13th August 2020 at 17:50

I love these long distant pictures, and this is a great composition.  Google Maps "measure distance" tool is great for plotting sight lines and distances, and seeing what lies in between and beyond, especially good in 3D mode and used with tilt and zoom.  The tall structure to the lower right looks like it's part of the Hindley Green Industrial Estate?  

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 13th August 2020 at 18:22

Nippon Electric Glass, Bickershaw.

Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 13th August 2020 at 19:02

Dennis , do you live on Ivy Brow ? This is the view from my back bedroom window.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th August 2020 at 19:28

I remember when all the houses on Scholefield Lane were demolished. The view was spectacular looking from Belvoir St, made me realise was the street named after the beautiful view.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 13th August 2020 at 20:49

Dennis, Isn't there a name for the slope of the hill on the extreme-left?

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2020 at 21:59

Thomas(Tom), I took this photo with my back resting on the gate into Crawford’s Wood. I had just walked up Ivy Brow (or Bark Hill to give it it’s proper name) and had stopped to get my breath back.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 13th August 2020 at 22:05

I don’t know Philip, would it perhaps be Kinder Scout?

Comment by: Edna on 13th August 2020 at 22:14

Brilliant photo.I think,coming from Aspull down into New Springs and Whelley.Must be the highest point of Wigan.

Comment by: James Hanson on 13th August 2020 at 23:42

Edna, Broomhey Avenue, off Wigan Lane, is the highest point in Wigan.

Comment by: Roy on 14th August 2020 at 10:26

James, are we talking Wigan or Wigan and district ? Land registry has Standish Water Tower and the adjacent cricket club 10m higher than Broomhey Ave and without searching any further I would suggest there are higher points than these. Highest point with a Wigan post code is actually Billinge Hill.

Comment by: Cathuel on 14th August 2020 at 13:40

Roy, its said he is stuck over in Spain and so not been on here for some time, but since you've mentioned Billinge Hill and Wigan in the same sentence it'll be que El Tonko for sure.

Comment by: James Hanson on 14th August 2020 at 20:53

Well Roy, it was Edna's suggestion that Whelley was the highest point in "Wigan" that made me think she meant Wigan, rather than the local government district of the same name.
As it happens, Roy, Billinge Hill is in St.Helens, is it not? and Haigh Hall is higher than the Standish water tower.

Comment by: Cyril on 14th August 2020 at 21:37

Belvoir, could well be right Veronica, never connected that until you wrote about it, as not only did the folks at the top of there get a beautiful view of the Peaks (until the tall Dutch houses were built that is) you also had a beautiful view of Billinge Higher Ends by looking down the street. If you are into nature and birdwatching here's something of interest by Dave Broome. http://www.manchesterbirding.com/uploads/9/7/5/1/97513866/billingehigherendssiteguide.pdf

Comment by: Roy on 15th August 2020 at 10:52

Hi James, yes I know that Billinge Hill is in a place called 'spit' I never mention the place by name and close my eyes when passing through it on the train, I mentioned it, only because it has a Wigan postcode. Plus I know Haigh Hall is higher than Standish water tower, I named that, as it is slightly higher than Broomhey as a comparison, knowing that there are other much higher points in and around Wigan.

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 15th August 2020 at 19:54

Part of Wigan is only a few feet above sea level. That's why the River Douglas floods near Asda.
At the other end of the scale, the highest point of Wigan is up Wigan Lane like you said.
As it happens, James, Billinge Hill is only half in St.Helens. The other half marks the highest point in Wigan council local authority area.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th August 2020 at 15:28

Thanks Cyril I'll look up the site. Whenever I'm in the vicinity , I still look at the view from Belvoir St and wonder why I never noticed it before the demolition of the old terraced housing. Because you can still see a long way from there over the rooftops further down the street. I used to roller skate down there as a child.

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