dc10tim
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Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:38 am

Hi everyone,

I took my first trip over to MAN since September on Good Friday and the weather was lovely - although my photos leave a bit to be desired (perhaps another thread later on that).

Just a bit of an update on the mounds adjacent to the 24L threshold. Despite the recent scaremongering, the mounds are still accessible. Yes, the gate is now padlocked, and you have to climb over it (as you always did), but there was not a muff from the National Trust, who were there, or either airport security or Cheshire Police.

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t209/timngoodwin/mound1.jpg


Even the local residents didn't seem to mind   Smile

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t209/timngoodwin/sheepmound.jpg

Regards,

Tim.

edit: links not working.

[Edited 2007-04-08 18:40:50]
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EMA747
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:35 am

These mounds look like a good spot. I've only been to MAN twice before and both times been to the viewing park (which is also good IMO). Are the mounds a better place to take some photos and can you walk to them from the viewing park? I'm guessing not,it looks a long way!

Is it where these types of shot come from?


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Cheers, and sorry for kind of hijacking the thread.

Andy S
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EWS
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:15 am

Andy,

Where Tim was stood when he took those photographs is where you get the photo that you displayed by Darren Wilson (BA767) its right infront of the 24L Threshold.

To walk from the viewing park to the mounds (the one mentioned above) isnt that far actually.. Come out of the viewing park to the end of the road, past the pub onto the main road and turn left. Walk under the tunnels and you come to a roundabout, take your first left up a small hill.. You'll see a public footpath that leads down the side of the tree's, walk up there, up the hill and you cannot miss them.

In all it should take you about 30 mins or less to walk to there from the viewing park.

Lew
 
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:01 am

Is it a better place than the mounds? Which side is the sun usually on in the day?
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:15 am

Andy, the sun is behind you when your southside (where tims photo was taken) and its usually ok till about 4pm, then the viewing park becomes great because the sun is then behind you again

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 8:58 am

Andy,

It is a fair walk to the mounds from the AVP. They are on exactly the opposite side of the airfield. You can park about 10-15 mins walk away if you have access to a car. PM me if you need instructions. Here is a shot I took on Friday from the spot posted above. It is the classic "worm's eye view", perfected by Mr. Markman.

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t209/timngoodwin/virginquickedit.jpg

Regards,

Tim.
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:54 am

Quoting EWS (Reply 4):
Andy, the sun is behind you when your southside (where tims photo was taken) and its usually ok till about 4pm, then the viewing park becomes great because the sun is then behind you again

So the best bet is to start off at the mounds then go to the AVP. I can hopefully get a lifty down to MAN in the next couple of weeks,hopefully while we are having this nice weather.  Smile I won't have the car with me as my mum needs it to get into Manchester city centre but if its 30-60 mins walk its ok as I can get picked up at the AVP in the evening.

Love the VS 744 Tim.  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:48 pm

Heres a map ive drawn up quickly, i know its a old ariel photo but its exactly the same other then the runway is built.. Come out the viewing park and go under the tunnels, first left at the roundabout then look for the public footpath (where the yellow line becomes thin) you cant miss it as theres a big cast iron gate there...

Walk up that footpath, when you get to the top of the hill, go through the gate, and theres a gate to your right about 20 yards away, climb that and walk round the top of the fence, and your on the mounds about 2 mins from that gate.

Hope this helps.

http://www.tfsphoto.com/pics/manwalk.jpg

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:07 pm

Thanks Lew, I think I'll print this out and take it with me if I get to go to MAN.

Is it possible to get 24R toutchdown shots from the mounds?
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RE: Manchester Mounds

Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:50 pm

It is, but its a longer walk, and your better off coming from the otherside.. go past the mounds instead of climbing the gate, follow the patch which runs down the side of the airport fence until you get to the road, walk up the road to the end of the bridle way, turn left and walk down that road until you see a small 10 foot, signed as a public footpath and its just down there... its actualy off Moss Lane.

Its a hell of a walk if your coming from the viewing park but i suppose if the weather is nice what the hell.. Big grin

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:49 pm

Guys,

I plan to come up in the next couple of days and I'll be flying in - how would be the best way to travel to the mounds... taxi? I presume 24 in in use?

Cheers,

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:25 pm

Just to summise then........

For anyone wanting to be on the south side (light's good from sunrise 'til 14:00) it's probably best to walk from the terminals to a spot known locally as 'Joe's Field'. Exit the airport bearing east (right) and walk past the Airport Hotel, over the railway bridge and turn right onto Ringway Road. Go all the way to the top of Ringway and turn right at the T-junction by the Total garage. Keep going past the new car park (on the right) until you see a right turn by a house - this is Moss Lane. When you get to the tight S-bend in the road you'll see a styal on the right which leads all the way to the back of the field, where a raised patch of ground lets you photograph arrivals as they pass low on finals. Note that touchdown shots are not only tricky from this spot but also total crap!

Now when you've had enough in Joe's you need to get back onto Moss lane and continue all the way down until you get to another T-junction (which is cobbled). To the right is a wooden gate restricting access to residents only but you can continue here on foot to the mounds. They're easy to find!

Then, once the sun had moved around enough (by about 16:00) you can walk to the viewing park. Since you lose the sun on the south side at around 14:00 and it isn't good north side 'til 16:00 you'll have plenty of time to walk round.

Just remember guys, the mounds seem to be accessible but the airport authority has stated that it is an offence to trespass there. Exactly how seriously they are treating this at present isn't known but the above photo's seem to indicate not very.

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:43 pm

Thanks for the info Karl. How much walking is involved in your recommended 'tour' of MAN!? Better bring my hiking boots I reckon!  Big grin

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RE: Manchester Mounds

Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:42 am

If you don't have transport, you can always take the courtesy bus from the terminal to the Moat House Hotel, then walk from there.

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