Sunday, 29 June 2014


When I was Co-ordinator I was approached to assist in the filming of various parts of the trail and also asked if I would mind some of my photos being used as stills in the film. Because of illness of one of the Sustrans people, it only came up again a few weeks ago and a good day was picked and we all set off to do some filming, Julz, Peter Brocklehurst, Alan Wright and me.

A gorgeous day after a few doubtful weather forecast made us decide to go along to Hale Village taking up interesting shots along the way. As I take oodles of photos I gave a few ideas of where I thought would be good opportunities, which might otherwise have been missed.

We stopped for a welcome break and a very welcoming lady at the hut cafe near Pickerings Pastures, and after bacon butties (not me) and scone with clotted cream (me) and of course a large cuppa, we continued.

Here are a few shots for you to look at. I am sorry for picture quality but I forgot the SD card from my camera so they are phone shots.

I hope you enjoy looking at these photos and you can get an idea of what the Transpennine trail looks like in our part of the world and how important it is to keep these trails going. This one goes from Southport to Hull and provides areas of peace and traffic free tracks (mostly) where cyclists, walkers and in some places, horse riders can enjoy the countryside.

I don't know if anyone has ever seen a bike like this before but this was actually a fellow Ranger who was on his way to Liverpool. I didn't take his face in case he disapproved. The bike is a Pederson, designed in Denmark I think but the saddle is suspended from the extension of the front forks to the seat tube. I have tried one of course in a much smaller size and they are extremely comfortable to ride, very stately but actually very lightweight.

This was outside the Ferry Inn. I imagine they now have an automatic washing machine.

I think this is one of my trademark shots.

The marsh flats, you can just make out Widnes Bridge in the distance. This is around the spot where they are building the new Mersey Crossing and which will cause mayhem on the trail for many months.

Jules is interviewing and filming
two people using the trail.

This seems to be the remains of a Jetty. See the power station in the background.

And this is the remains of a wooden ship, the Eustance Carey or Casey, my eyes aren't so good tonight, wrecked on the mud. A picture of the boat is shown below (curtesy to someone off Warrington Memories Facebook Group_

Another shot of the wreck

Doesn't this look rather like Woody Allen?

Swan family back at Sankey Bridges.