Cycle to Walney Island Lighthouse

Name of walk Cycle to Walney Island Lighthouse
Date of walk 2020-08-15

I was going to be cycling down to visit fellow bell ringer, Clarissa, at her cottage in South Walney Nature Reserve which is 9.1 miles from our house. Brendan and Tom would come later in the car, parking at the reserve and walking through the reserve to the lighthouse. It was a very hot day with no wind. The route to South Walney is very easy cycling, it took me just under an hour.

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Ponies in the field just after Thorney Nook car park.

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In the South Walney Nature Reserve looking towards Piel Castle. Cycling isn't normally allowed within the Reserve, but its okay as I'm just on the track to Clarissa's cottage.

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Looking across the Oyster Farm to the lighthouse.

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A close up. The lighthouse was built in 1804, is Grade ll listed and has been unmanned since 2003.

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Always a great view across to Piel Island and Piel Castle. I cycle along the rough track to the lighthouse and put my bike in the courtyard.

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View up to the lighthouse from Clarissa's walled garden.

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There is also a holiday let here for those that love isolation.

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Clarissa shows me the badger sets.

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A great place to live!

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Cinnabar moth caterpillars.

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One of Clarissa's cats seen through the window.

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Brian asleep in one of the sheds.

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Brendan and Tom have arrived after walking from the reserve car park. We have coffee and gingerbread, before we head up the lighthouse to see the views.

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View out from the lightroom. The lighthouse is fully automated.

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View into the lightroom from the viewing platform.

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The floor is not solid, so you can see straight down too.

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Panorama showing the entrance track to the lighthouse and cottages.

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It is very hot today with little wind, so it is also very hazy. Blackcombe in the distance on the left.

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A hazy close up of Piel Castle and the hills beyond.

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View down to the walled gardens and out to sea.

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A closer view of Piel Castle.

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It is Tom's first time up the lighthouse.

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It's just like being in the bell tower! There are 91 steps.

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Back to the courtyard.

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We walk over to Groyne Hide.

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Brendan and Tom head back through the reserve.

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I collect my bike and return via the main track.

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For my return ride I head in at Thorney Nook and cycle the track beside the beach back to Biggar Bank.

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Tigger says "Food, pleeeze!"

The cycle was 18.3 miles in total. An excellent afternoon! The photos were taken with my new iPhone 11 Pro, and I’m still getting used to the camera. I like the wide angle and panorama facilities, but still think my little Canon Ixus has a better telephoto lense. Time and practice will tell!

Jo.

 

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