Summer in Southwest Cumbria

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by Ian Greenhalgh

It’s been a funny summer here in northwest England. We have had almost every type of weather apart from snow. Some weeks have been hot and sunny while others have been cold and wet. Almost regardless of the weather though, this is a beautiful area right on the edge of the Lake District but almost unknown to tourists. Some call it isolated and lonely; I call it peaceful and home.

 

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Looking northwest over the Irish Sea from Silecroft Beach just before Sunset. Perhaps my favourite spot to go and relax.

 

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Horses galloping along Silecroft Beach at low tide as the sun was setting.

 

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Looking north from Corney Fell. The Old Man of Coniston is on the right.

 

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Looking west out to sea from Corney Fell. Eskmeals railway viaduct on the left.

 

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Looking north from Corney Fell towards the Sellafield nuclear site. Only one of the iconic Windscale towers still remains and will soon be gone.

 

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Haverigg Beach at low tide. Beautiful in summer, windswept in winter. A favourite spot for a walk.

 

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Looking north from Millom Pier. The big hill is Black Combe. At 1975ft it is 25ft too short to be called a mountain.

 

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Looking South from Millom Pier towards Kirkby Fell. The concrete rubble to the right is some of the remains of the former Ironworks that stood on this site.

 

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The mud flats of the Duddon Estuary. The low reddish brown feature on the right is a slag heap, a leftover from when there was a large Ironworks close by.

 

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Now this wasteland is home to a large rabbit population.

 

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Millom Pier and the Duddon Estuary. A handful of people still fish here but the Irish Sea contains a mere fraction of the fish it did when I was a boy.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. that land holds secrets to give up…hard as I tried I couldn’t see the galloping horses though…

  2. Ian ,I think you live in a very lovely slice of Earth. And thanks for sharing the pics,very scenic.

  3. There is certainly a lot of archaeology here, stone circles and standing stones that are very ancient. The Romans were here, there is a ruined bathhouse at Ravenglass and a ruined fort at Hard Knott. Lots of old churches, some over 700 years old. I’m not sure what digs have happened in this area apart from the Bath house and Fort, those were dug decades ago and are tourist attractions now. No Angles or Saxons in this region, Cumbria remained inhabited by the Britons and was never invaded by the Danes, the Angles and Saxons took over the southeast. There were some Vikings that came here, but not many.

  4. Add your comment I liked your pictures; just spent 3 weeks mostly in Connaught and Clare across the Irish sea- very nice.

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