India Mills Chimney

It felt that spring had sprung as sunlight pierced the curtains when I awoke, an ideal day to re-commence my outdoor follies I thought. With an upcoming gig with the band at Number 39 and a pair of famous structures in the town, Darwen seemed like the logical candidate for a day out. The ride…

The Quarrelling Sisters

Making my way downstairs for breakfast I could hear my two nieces arguing over something really trivial but to them it was all out war. Hmmm, quarrelling sisters, the weather is dry and clear, today would be a good time to go and visit another pair of argumentative siblings. The Parish Church in Ormskirk, dedicated…

Underground Victorian Reservoir

Walking into the kitchen and glancing at the TV playing to itself, I barely heard the words “Victorian underground reservoir to be demolished”¬†uttered on the local news. My interest piqued, I began a frantic search for the remote control to increase the volume to learn more. As usual, the remote was just that, ‘remote’. By…

Billinge ‘Lump’

Billinge Hill, also known as Billinge Lump, is the highest point in the Borough of St Helens in North West England standing at 587ft above sea level it is also the highest point in Merseyside . It stands in Billinge, which sits between Wigan and St.Helens within the county boundaries of Lancashire. It is one…

Ashurst’s Beacon

Standing on Ashurst Hill in Dalton and overlooking Skelmersdale (land of roundabouts) is a sandstone structure known as Ashurst’s Beacon. The walk up to the beacon is a gentle amble along a footpath from the road. This leads through a small wooded area spattered with bright yellow gorse and low growing trees. Once almost through…