Monday, 18 March 2013

Panoramic Images Taken From Wild Bank Hill

I took these today from Wild Bank Hill using a 400mm lens(click to enlarge). It was slightly overcast which was annoying as I was hoping for a clear day to get some really sharp images. These have had to be artificially lightened to bring out detail and as a result they look a bit a false. Next time I lug a heavy 400mm lens all the way up there I will make sure there's not a cloud in the sky.


David Bailey! Who's he? said...

Nice shot of Hartshead Pike.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember seeing loads of flats close to harts head pike. There are seven tower blocks behind. Have you photoshoped it?

Four women charged with election fraud said...

Needless to say, it was a Labour gain in this ward.

Bill said...

Great long distance shots TC. The monstrosity that is IKEA cannot be avoided in pictures of Ashton-under-Lyne. It's the first thing you see flying in to Manchester airport.

Anonymous, the flats are the '7 sisters' (College Bank Flats) in Rochdale.


Tiger Woods said...

"I don't remember seeing loads of flats close to harts head pike"

Allow me to introduce you to the concept of camera zoom. It enlarges an image in such a way which distorts the size of objects in relation to one another. Perhaps you've heard of a 'harvest moon'....

Another good Tameside observation point is Hough Hill, situated directly in front of Wild Bank Hill. You access it either via Cheetham Park, or the fields at the back of the Rising Moon pub on Matley Lane.

Waldorf fields were gifted to the people of Tameside in the 1970s, and more recently Dukinfield golf club tried to thieve them for the benefit of their sad golfers. Fortunately their efforts came to nothing after the council rejected their contemptible bribes. Some of the fields (which were privately owned) were taken, but some remain seperate and public and can be used to journey between the Rising Moon and Cheetham Park.

Hough Hill is beside the fields and has a public footpath over both sides. But its peak is barb wired off by private owners, but anyone with long legs (like me) can easily step over and journey up to admire the view. It's a great place if you like horses too. As for Wild Bank, if you're agile enough you might want to try its steepest side facing the reservoir. Be wary because at times you're kneee deep in undergrowth, but the rocks are solid and provide you with a good footing. A tough but rewarding climb.

Tameside Citizen said...

Thanks Bill, I too was wondering where the flats were, I did think of the Rochdale flats and you have confirmed my suspicion.

Tiger Woods, an excellent post. I wasn’t aware of the Waldorf Fields Protection Group. You have an interesting local website there. It is vital that these areas are protected for future generation. Did you know that during the war a V1 flying bomb landed in the area which your campaign saved? If not there are some good before and after images which can be viewed here.

Anonymous said...

The area around Waldorf fields is only a shadow of its former self. I used to take my dog up their up until 2010 when a large section of it opened as a hideous manicured golf course. It really was a local beauty spot - rural, quiet, picturesque and easily accessible to local people. The privately owned fields which were sold to the golf club had public right of ways over them so you could trek the whole area. Those right of ways are still in place over the parts that are now the golf course, but now you feel like an interloper who's getting in the way. Fortunately most of the general area is still public and it's a good access route on foot. If you know the footpaths you can easily traverse between Newton, Yew Tree Lane in Dukinfield and the centre of Stalybridge.

Not Green, and Unpleasant. said...

I formally objected to the Waldorf Playing Fields attempted theft. I believe it was two local women who started the group that saved them from the golfers.
The council tried to buy the covenant (that guaranteed their future use as a common recreational space for EVERYONE) to sell the fields to the golf course. So much for looking after the interests of the people.

Places like this: rural, quiet and above all in very close proximity to urban areas will come under massive pressure in the next few years to be developed, meaning, permanently destroyed under ANOTHER housing development, caused by the immigrant led population explosion which in turn causes white flight. And all these people have got to live SOMEWHERE.

England, at 1054 people per sqquare mile (official figures, the reality is far worse) is now virtually the most densely populated country in the world.
Just for comparison to show how appallingly overcrowded England is:
Spain: 249 per sq mile - England 423% more densely populated.
France: 303 per sq mile - England 348% more densely populated.
Ireland: 168 per sq mile - England 627% more densely populated.
We need a government with the spine to tackle the CAUSE of our chronic and exponentially growing overpopulation, (and don't forget they're STILL shipping them in) not one that simply keeps ignoring the problem and destroying our precious and beautiful rural heritage.

Doubting Thomas said...

If those population figures can be believed it is truly shocking. Do you have any proof those figures are correct?

I'm prepared to risk unpopularity over developing the countryside, says David Cameron said...

Changes to the planning system to encourage more development are expected to be unveiled this week in the face of opposition from groups such as the National Trust. the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and almost 40 Conservative MPs.

Budget 2013: Millions get help to buy new homes said...

They really are going to try and BUILD their way into completely destroying these Islands and justify the endless immigration (growth).

This is fcuking insanity (globalisation) and democide.

Not Green, and Unpleasant. said...

They're official census or UN figures and can easily be found on the internet.
Don't forget these comparisons are with other European countries which, compared to many other parts of the world are relatively very densely populated. If you look at the population densities of some US states for example you can see how appallingly overpopulated England is.
England: 1054 per square mile.
Alabama: 94 per square mile.
West Virginia: 77 per square mile.
Oklahoma: 55 per square mile.
Kansas: 35 per square mile.
These aren't desert or arctic wasteland states just typical midwest ones.
Even the most populous, normal sized states like California, Pennsylvania or Florida only have densities of two or three hundred per square mile.
The fact is instead of the STILL ongoing immigration led population explosion we need to be coming up with methods to REDUCE our massive overpopulation before the immense strain on our infrastructure and quality of life gets totally out of control.
The offhand, laissez faire way the government is proposing the destruction of the Green Belt, a long standing, vital and proven effective way of protecting our countryside, shows which way things are heading.
Anyone who thinks immigrants are going to significantly contribute financially to looking after the increasing elderly population should remember that very large numbers of them - particularly from Africa, India, Pakistan etc, i.e. poor Commonwealth countries - bring in large numbers of elderly or middle aged family members with them in the years following their own arrival. They also of course tend to have very large families which will further add to England's (because that's where the vast majority will settle) chronic overpopulation.

Satan, The Prince of self worship said...

There are only a limited number of ways to reduce the population whether nationally or globally:
Managed reduction, including selective breeding and euthanasia.
The first is obviously preferable. We should start with repeat and serious offenders, murderers, paedophiles etc. Then move on to offering euthanasia to the decrepit/very elderly and those (of sane mind) wishing to die.
This vital issue needs tackling rationally. Emotionalism (in reality selfishness) must be removed from the argument before it destroys mankind and the sustainability of the planet.

Heading in your direction like an express train said...

When this happens in their neighbourhood, then they will regret not heeding the warnings of danger dead ahead.

Fatherland said...

@ Heading in your direction...It's already here. I wouldn't walk up some of the backstreets in Tameside at night.
Last St George's Day, whilst flying a St George's flag on my car I had to divert down some backstreets in Hyde. I stopped at a junction where by chance a large group of Asian youths were gathered. They started shouting abuse - at the flag of the country they are guests in! - so I gave them a V sign and drove on. Imagine if I'd been on foot and wearing a St George t-shirt for instance. If the police had been called we all know which side would have been threatened with race offences.