Join us for a night of HOWL-O-WEEN 🧛🏽♂️ fun with @andreaardendogtraining on Sunday, 10/20 (pop in anytime between 5:15-7pm) 🧡🎃👻 All pups 🐶 & hoomans are welcome (this is a FREE event!) We hope you break out the furry costumes & strike a pose in front of our Spooktacular 📸 areas 🧟♂️ Snag some #Halloweenweek pics for the gram, learn some tricks, and get some treats! We hope to see you there! Tag a friend who you want to go with you! 🧟♀️ #thebigcitywoof
It’s Monday, and the sun is still shining here in San Diego. Only fall vibes we have are decorative pumpkins.
Bandanas and muddy paws 🐾
throwback to last year’s Halloween 🎃 👻
What a morning for a walk. We took the dogs for a walk on our hill with a book about the area’s mining history to learn about our landscape’s industrial past and to see what evidence we could find of it. We set off from Wilderswood and headed up the mast road where we had wonderful views over Barrow Bridge, Manchester and the Peak District. We saw remnants of the kilns and an old tramway at Hole Bottom, the site of Winter Hill brick and tile works, which I’ve run past many times but never really noticed. Hard to believe five cottages and a pub used to stand up here on the moorland, more infamously known as Five Houses, the place where George Henderson, the Scotsman, died after being ‘barbarously murdered’ in 1858. Near here we saw the remains of an open cast mine, and fenced off is the former entrance to the Wildersmoor Great Mine which used to be covered with a grassy trapdoor. There is plenty of evidence of mining in the valleys below the Pike and the fields below Pike Cottage are uneven due to a network of collapsed tunnels. We found one! The entrance to Wildersmoor Colliery via what used to be Klondyke Tunnel is clearly visible - have run past here so many times without realising what was beneath my feet! There is a mound in the same field that is believed to be waste from the nearby pipe works. There is a small brick structure in the side where gelignite was stored, and the entrance to Old Little Mine is nearby. Inside this mine is a valve to operate the flow from a pond nearby which feeds a pond lower down which used to serve the boilers for the old pipe works. We passed the ruins of the old bleachworks hidden in the woods and the old entrance to Brownlow’s tunnel on dark lane. Such fascinating history. Wilderswood itself is a very young plantation, planted after Rockhaven ‘castle’ which used to sit on the site was demolished in 1942. Incredible to think I have all this beautiful landscape to enjoy now yet a few short years ago it was very industrialised and would have looked very different indeed. Who fancies a running tour of our local mining history?