Projects

Night Climbin’

Forget night clubbing’, night climbing is the thing to do as the dark evenings draw in! One September evening, I’d been taking photos of Wilton Quarry at sunset from a favourite vantage point that overlooks a distinctive promontory of rock called the Prow. As I’d had the best of the blue hour light, I was

Wilton Fest 2021

I got to know the nearby Wilton Quarries through Lockdown of 2020. In the first tranche, when the quarries were completely empty, I saw the new shoots of spring fill the quarry in places where climbers might have been if not for the pandemic. By summer, when restrictions had eased slightly, I witnessed climbers return

Winter Hill 125 Commemorative Walk

Along the path of peaceful protest I’d been looking forward to this event since I first heard about it earlier this year. As an avid walker and firm believer of our rights to access the countryside, I just couldn’t miss out on the 125th anniversary celebrations of the 1896 Mass Trespass walk from Bolton to

Remember when . . . ?

. . . we’d only wear masks for fancy dress, when socialising was just so free and easy and when you could walk straight into a shop, supermarket, pub, restaurant, museum, gallery (or indeed any public venue) without a thought or a care in the world? It’s a year on since Boris’ life-changing address to

Don't Mix with other Households

Bolton’s New Normal

As I publish this blog, it’s almost six months since the country went into Lockdown and three months since my first blog on how Bolton is coping with these changes, Bolton under Lockdown. Following on from that we’ve had a tightening of the rules, then a relaxing of the rules and now Bolton has also

“Going back to Rockville” – another Wilton blog

R.E.M. tributes aside, you may remember that right at the start of lockdown, I started exploring paths accessible on foot from home, to make the most of my daily permitted exercise, and a route that quickly became my favourite was through the series of Wilton Quarries onto the moors. At this time the quarries were

Manchester Ghost Hunting

A good friend of mine, who works in a city centre hospital, suggested I visit Manchester during COVID-19 lockdown with my camera. She thought I’d love capturing shots of the city while it was so incredibly quiet – a “ghost town”, she called it. So, on a sunny 21st May, in just the first tentative stage

North Bolton VE Day Parties

I expect 2020’s remembrance of VE Day was intended to be quite a grand affair but the lockdown muted plans such that in the end, they were sadly far from the scale of the street parties of the Queen’s 1977 Silver Jubilee. Despite that, I’d heard word of one taking place near to me so

Bolton Under Lockdown

Even though I’ve been out walking locally on a regular basis since the start of the Lockdown, I’ve generally taken a northerly direction towards the moors. A few weeks ago, on Saturday the 25th April to be precise, I decided to head in the opposite direction and walk into Bolton’s town centre.  Sadly, this part of

Sandstone, Scaling and Shooting

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I have a particular fondness for the bleak, bleached beauty of the West Pennine Moors that I that I live close to. I’m no stranger to solo walking, and now we’re in lockdown, it’s these moors that I head out to, on foot from my front door,