I had fancied attempting Billinge Hill by public transport for a while and today was the day. The GMPTE Wayfarer Ticket reaches Billinge from Macclesfield - although at £13.80 for an adult and child it did seem a bit costly. Two trains and two buses were required to get there. Fortunately the journey went well with all the connections timed perfectly.
The ascent of Billinge Hill from Billinge was a pleasant change from the usual plod round the edge of a field. My daughter felt that it was all too easy though. The main hazards on the summit were potential sunburn and dogs trying to steal our lunch. I set up a 2m vertical aerial on the opposite side of the building to the masts and soon had over 20 contacts in the log. S2S contacts with The Cloud, Raw Head and Pendle Hill were very welcome. Thanks to the various people activating these hills.
Time passed quickly in the sunshine and too soon we had to descend in time for a visit to the pub before catching the bus back. The Eagle and Child in Billinge had a good real ale on (some name with rabbits in it - can’t recall).
We used a slightly more complex route back involving three trains and three buses - again it all went well.
The trip took all day (0920-1730 door-to-door) so it wasn’t fast but we did have a nice relaxing time. Recommended.