Aldingham and Birkrigg

Name of walk Aldingham and Birkrigg
Date of walk 2014-11-23

I had to bell ring at three services on Sunday, the usual two morning services plus a Confirmation Service attended by the Bishop in the early evening, so I only had a small window to make the most of the good weather. Also, being only 12 days after a heart operation, I wasn’t looking for anything more than an easy afternoon stroll. I guess this and three bell ringing sessions doesn’t quite equate to easing myself back in gently! 🙂 We drove down the Coast Road towards Aldingham.

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St. Cuthbert's Church, Aldingham was built in the 12th century with great views out to sea.

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View from the grave yard.

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The oldest part of the church is on the right.

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View across Morecambe Bay.

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The Leper's Hole can be seen just to the right of the altar flowers.

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Good views out, but too nice to be inside!

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I take a walk along the shore towards the breakwater.

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A great place to live.

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Heading back towards the church.

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Just behind the church is Aldingham Hall, now a Nursing Home. I wouldn't mind ending my days here, provided I had a sea view.

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Then we took a walk up to Birkrigg summit.

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View across the limestone pavement towards Ulverston.

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The Gale Monument at Bardsea.

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Looking out to The Hoad (Sir John Barrow) Monument, built in 1850, a replica of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

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Boys and their toys on Birkrigg.

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Some of their toys were quite big!

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We watched them loop the loop.

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On the way home we passed what remains of the Tower Block of the old Thorncliffe School. I taught science here for twelve years. The Tower Block was the highest building in Barrow and commanded superb views in all directions. So sad, but the world turns!

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We have now crossed The Jubilee Bridge over to Walney Island.

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Curlew.

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North Scale on the left and views out to Blackcombe and the Coniston Hills.

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I am working for a couple of days this week, but then if the weather is kind I hope to be back up some big hills.

Jo.

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