Bootle, Drigg, Seascale & Saltcoats

Name of walk Bootle, Drigg, Seascale & Saltcoats
Date of walk 2020-10-11

On Sunday we decided on a walk along the beaches of Bootle, Drigg, Seascale and Saltcoats. It seems like I pass signposts for these places almost on a weekly basis, but never seem to have the time to detour and visit them. Today we would devote the whole day to putting that right, doing a short walk at each one. The weather was perfect!

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Bootle beach (which is really Hycemoor). Looking towards Beach House which marks the start of the Eskmeals Range which is out of bounds.

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A great view to the hills from the road beside the beach.

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We drove along the road beside the Eskmeals Range.

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It is run by the Ministry of Defence.

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Eskmeals Viaduct.

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View across the estuary.

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Next stop is the beach at Drigg. A gun emplacement on the dunes, suffering from subsidence.

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View out.

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Looking back at the beach parking area. Super views back to Great Gable etc.

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Drigg Beach.

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Good view over to the Isle of Man.

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Big skies.

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Sellafield.

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Close up of Great Gable and Lingmell.

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We stopped at the church in Drigg. St Peter’s church was founded by Augustinian monks in the 13th century. When it was rebuilt in 1850 all the original stone and wood from the old church were re-used.

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We continued on the back roads to Seascale and had a coffee at the place on the left.

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The plaque said the boat was a 'present' from the Irish Sea.

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The jetty.

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The wall has a memorial plaque to the victims of the 2010 shootings. On the ground is a sundial.

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You stand on the right month and your shadow indicates the time, as demonstrated by Brendan. Apparently it was time for an ice cream!

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The old water tower.

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St. Cuthbert's Church built in 1890.

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On our return home we visit Saltcoats. Now that it is late afternoon the sun is no longer in our faces for the view over to Ravenglass. We park and walk towards the ford.

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The train and foot bridge over to Ravenglass, and the ford.

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View panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Over 30 years ago we spent our honeymoon in Ravenglass.

All these places were well worth taking the time to visit, the views from Drigg especially.

Jo.

 

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