Bold Country Park, St Helens, Merseyside – another walk with Ted.

I’ll come clean with you. The photograph above of Ted wasn’t one that I took on this walk – he doesn’t appear in any of the shots that I took that day. Sometimes I forget. At least this will remind you what he looks like – and, yes, he really was standing on his rear legs so that he could see what was the other side of the undergrowth. He often stands like that.

Our starting point was where I’d left the car, overlooking the small mere depicted in the Featured Photo. From there, we walked through a part of the housing estate shown in other photographs below. At the edge of the estate, the bridge in the photograph, took us across a narrow brook into the country park.

Within a few hundred yards, we passed the old colliery wheel, re-purposed as sculpture I suppose. It reminds visitors of the history behind (and beneath) the park. The land was previously used by the Bold colliery and power station, but has since been reclaimed and landscaped for public access and enjoyment.

I’ve never really got my head around the significance of the piece of sculpture/statuary or whatever it is in the shot above.

At least I know what the scene above shows: it’s a bridge, constructed about the time of the Millennium, over a line that connects trains between Liverpool and Warrington/Manchester via St Helens stations. The pedestrian bridge leads from the Bold country park to the neighbouring Colliers Moss country park.

As context to the walk which took place last November, the image above shows the autumn colour of fallen leaves.

After walking for twenty minutes or so, we followed the return path, passing the lagoon above – popular with anglers.

Following the path above we’re nearly back to the start of the walk.

At this point, we’d ascended Teletubby Hill, named for its shape after a once popular children’s television programme. If you’ve ever seen the programme, judge from the photograph below. The image above shows the housing estate divided by a strip of grass, looking across to farmland beyond. Just a little further along the road to the left of the shot is where my car was parked.

Teletubby Hill above. To the left of the photo is where we descended to cross the bridge (partly shown left) to return to the car.

And so, we’re back where we started – almost anyway at the point shown above. Time for a cup of tea and a mince pie – if we have any remaining – and a sit-down to recover from our exercise.

This shot looks down, from Teletubby Hill, on the place where I was parked when I took the featured photo.

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me on a walk around yet another stretch of reclaimed former colliery land, though a few miles further away at the edge of Rainford village – still, however, within the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens in Merseyside.

I probably don’t need to say any more about today’s photo, so I’ll leave you with my usual information about how I took the shot.

EXIF data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP cropped sensor mirrorless camera with a Fujinon 23 mm f/2 lens. The shutter speed was 1/450 seconds @ f/2 and 23 mm. The ISO was 160.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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