Welcome to Manchester Confidential
Reset Password
The Confidential websites will be undergoing routine updates. This may cause the sites to go offline. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

You are here: Manchester ConfidentialNews.

Vapour trails trashed

Manchester's skies clear

Published on April 19th 2010.


Vapour trails trashed

Where's the best free viewpoint in central Manchester?

Easy: the top level of the Shude Hill interchange car park.

Up here it's good to get a blast of sky. And with the volcanic ash scaring off the planes, pure natural sky too: vapour trail free blue. They should sell that shade as a paint category in hardware stores.

The name gives it away. Manchester city centre doesn't have a lot of geography but there is a hill at Shude Hill or at least a ridge. As a consequence the top level of the NCP car park, as it hitches a lift on this bit of nature, is the best place for a view of the city centre skyline.

It's also a lesson about Manchester's past and present. You can see how Manchester is two-thirds surrounded by the Pennines, from Winter Hill in the north west to Shining Tor in the south. This makes it clear why Manchester is head office of the region, it's the hub of the wheel, with the towns at the foot of the Pennines and all roads pointing to the centre.

Up here it's also very good to get a blast of sky. And with the volcanic ash scaring off the planes, pure natural sky too: vapour trail free blue. They should sell that shade as a paint category in hardware stores.

For the first time in, what seventy years, there is nothing human to see up above – unless you have x-ray vision to view satellites.

Curious to think that this is what the sky was like until the 20th century. If Manchester was founded by the Romans in 79AD it means that the skies have reverted to 1931 years of form. Hard to remember that empty heavens have been the rule not the exception. Or maybe the sole preserve of God and birds.

Has anybody noticed how much quieter Manchester seems without the planes as well? Not that you'd want this to go on indefinitely but it puts a little pause on life for a minute or two to stare up into that eternal blue.

These pictures were taken at 6.15pm on Saturday 18 April

Like what you see? Enter your email to sign up for our newsletters which are chock-a-block with more great reviews, news, deals and savings.

To post this comment, you need to login.Please complete your login information.
OR CREATE AN ACCOUNT HERE..
Or you can login using Facebook.

Latest Rants

Anonymous

Repeating,without any evidence the same point that socialism = public services is hardly…

 Read more
Anonymous

You absolutely right,I hate all these bloody nimbys stopping development and progress.Of course if…

 Read more
Anonymous

Manchester's size and climate isn't dissimilar to Rotterdam or Dusseldorf but the city is held back…

 Read more
Anonymous

Straying off the point again David, which is that investing in public services is socialist but as…

 Read more

Explore The Site

© Mark Garner t/a Confidential Direct 2017

Privacy | Careers | Website by: Planet Code | SEO by The eWord