Blue Skies at Walney Island North End.

Name of walk Blue Skies at Walney Island North End.
Date of walk 2014-11-04
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 3 hours 25 minutes
Weather Blue skies and great light
Peaks on walk None
Walked with On own
Parking Walked from home.

The sun was shining on Tuesday so I decided to do a walk from home to the North End of Walney Island. The walk is about six miles and takes under four hours.

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The sea is straight ahead as I walk beside the airport fence. The walk from my house to the sea takes about 15 minutes.

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View to Blackcombe.

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The tide is on its way out.

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Looking towards the wind turbines.

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I then head off the beach for the track down to the North End Nature Reserve.

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View over the tarns and dunes.

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I then head down to the Reserve entrance.

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I live at North Scale and I'm now heading out along the east side of the island towards the tip of North End Haws, where I can look across the channel to The Black Huts, and then come back along the west side, re-entering the dunes when the sand turns to pebbles.

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View across one of the tarns.

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The cygnets are quite big now.

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Once they determine that I'm not going to feed them they are off with mum and dad!

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The sea is visible through the gap on the left.

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Another tarn.

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I follow the track around to a field.

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Once I have crossed the field I am alongside the salt marsh and I head for the dunes in front.

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Above the dunes you can see the mountains and the first snow of the winter.

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I now just follow the edge of the dunes towards the tip of North Walney. The sand is always easy to walk on.

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Bunny!

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View across the channel to The Black Huts.

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Now in close-up.

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Heading around the tip of the island.

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Oystercatchers.

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Sand dune erosion.

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Looking back to the north end, no tracks but mine.

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An old boat washed up.

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View from the top of one of the large dunes.

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When the sand ends and I hit the large pebble bank, I head into the dunes and pick up a track heading to where I want to go. I come across a fungi that is a foot tall. I have never seen one this big in the dunes. Andy Pollock informs me it is a Parasol Mushroom and edible. I left it where it was, not wishing to trust my life to my identification skills. I prefer to get my mushrooms from Tesco!

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The track eventually returns me to the tarns. The skies are starting to blacken.

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I pass the swans again as I return to my starting track and head for home.

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View back to Blackcombe.

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Two planes at the airport.

The walk took three hours and twenty five minutes. Always a good little walk!

Jo.

 

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