Hodbarrow With Friends

Name of walk Hodbarrow With Friends
Date of walk 2020-08-23

On Sunday I met up with some bell ringing friends for a waterside walk around Cumbria’s largest coastal lagoon. This would take us along the causeway and include visits to the restored lighthouse, a hide, an old windmill, the old lighthouse and an opportunity to spot numerous birds. The lagoon at Hodbarrow is an RSPB Nature Reserve and SSSI. We would finish with an ice cream in the campsite. The walk was 4.3 miles.

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Andy's photo showing how dark and dismal it was before we set off. The clouds were well down over Blackcombe.

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Sue's photo as we set off for the causeway. Sue's husband, Derek, had gone off for a run in the opposite direction......something we said? ;-)

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Looking across the beach to the causeway.

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Fun and games in Port Haverigg Watersports and Wakepark.

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View back towards Haverigg from the causeway.

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Sue does some bird watching.

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I spot a heron.

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Looking back at Port Haverigg.

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Looking at the old sea wall. The Old Sea Wall of concrete was completed in 1890 and stands 50' from top to bottom. The Old Sea Wall only stood for ten years before subsidence took its centre section. St. George's Church on the left

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Looking across to Walney Island.

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Jason and Doug spent some time looking at the geology of the rocks.

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In 1866 the Hodbarrow Mining Company built a lighthouse on Hodbarrow Point to guide ships to its dock. When the company built this sea wall in 1905 to protect its mineworkings, it established a new lighthouse on the wall and abandoned the old one, which we will visit later. This is the newer lighthouse which was abandoned in 1949, then refurbished and relit in 2004 as part of a local community initiative.

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We head for the hide.

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One of the birds spotted was a Great Crested Grebe.

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View from the hide across the lagoon.

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Close up of the old lighthouse.

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We continue on towards Hodbarrow Point on the right, the old windmill on the left.

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Sue's photo.

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Andy's photo of the old windmill. It had started to pour down, so we took shelter. Hodbarrow Windmill stands high above Hodbarrow Point and looks the same today as it did in photographs taken of the first pit heads near by in the late 1850's, it is often mistaken as a third lighthouse.

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Selfie inside the old windmill.

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Luckily for us the rain was falling diagonally, as there is no roof! Andy's photo.

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We ventured out again once the rain had stopped.

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Sue's photo of Andy, Jason and Doug investigating the quarry.

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Andy's photo of Jason beside the quarry wall.

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View out to the sweep of the causeway.

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There is an OS trig point up here. There was a view last time, a bit overgrown now.

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Crocosmia.

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A new rock sculpture since last I was here.

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Cameron at the old lighthouse.

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View up the spiral staircase.

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Andy's photo of Cameron and Jason with the lighthouse.

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We detour around the old quarry pools.

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Do you think it was raining?

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Andy had stopped to photograph the rock fissure behind him to the right, freeze-thaw?

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Tomato Soup anyone? (Iron ore)

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Only swans and mallards to be seen up close on the lagoon today.

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Little egrets in the trees, and some cormorants too.

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Looking across to Millom.

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View to St. George's Church, Millom.

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We follow the signs.

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Sue's photo of me as we head around the side of Herdwicks.

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We head down to Rocket Island (rocket now gone).

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We head back towards the causeway. It is beginning to brighten up a bit.

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Back at our cars for lunch. Jo had made banana bread. We all had a large chunk! Delicious!

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Dessert was ice cream at Riva Gelato in the Harbour Lights Campsite.

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A special treat for Jason and Cameron who's excellent A level results had got them into their chosen universities. (Sue's photo)

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A special treat for a proud dad too! (Sue's photo)

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Derek has made it back safely from his run, so is also deserving of an ice cream.

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Can you spot the nautical theme?

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Double scoops nearly all gone!

Not including the trip to the campsite for ice cream, we took three hours for the walk, but we could easily have done it much quicker without the distractions of birds, rocks, quarries and industrial archaeology! Thanks to Andy for organising the outing! This same walk, which I did on a lovely blue sky day, can be found here: http://josweeney.net/haverigg-and-hodbarrow-nature-reserve/

Jo

 

 

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