North Walney Coastal Path

Name of walk North Walney Coastal Path
Date of walk 2020-03-27

During the Coronavirus crisis we are now not supposed to drive anywhere in order to take exercise, so the fells are not an option. It was time to do a walk from home! A new section of the England Coast Path has been made between Walney Airfield and the channel, heading towards the North End of the island. I live in the village of North Scale and can access the north end walks from the fields at the bottom of my garden, but we decided to walk down to the start of the village and do the walk from there. The walk is about 5 miles and takes just over two and a half hours.

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The entrance to North Scale Village.

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Viking Longship.

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We head north.

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View over to St. James Church, where I'm a bell ringer.

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View back towards Jubilee Bridge.

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Walking below the retaining wall.

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Too much heat haze for a view out to the Coniston hills.

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The slag bank.

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The start of the new section of the walk.

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I read the new sign and discover I'm four days too early to legally walk the previous short length! A bit late now! They need a large 'No Entry until April 1st' sign. As a local I've always walked here. You can't rely on people reading the small print in a sign, even if they are not locals.

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The new section of path heads right.

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Cattle have churned up the track, so it's a bit muddy, but this bit is okay.

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Note how muddy it is even after five days of sunny weather.

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The track goes to the right of the airfield. One jet getting ready to take off.

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We were directly behind the plane in the long grass when it took off. It generates some wind!

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The gorse is looking good.

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Nest box.

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Old concrete shelter.

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View inside.

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We follow the signs.

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Cattle are free to roam here.

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View to the north end dunes on the right.

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Hazy Blackcombe.

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We reach our usual path to the North End, but continue on the coastal path route.

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Awww!

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The route ahead.

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Poser!

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Behind the sheep are the grassy dunes of the North End.

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We reach the first of the gravel ponds. No line down its back so it's not a Natterjack Toad.

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Heron.

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Two swans in the distance.

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Greylag goose.

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Another pond.

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Another toad.

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One out and about!

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The sea is just the other side of the dunes. Continous erosion means that one day soon the sea will break through and destroy this habitat.

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Art Gene's 'One For Sorrow' war memorial gate has camouflaged painted birds sitting on it.

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Another pond.

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We met a dog who was pretty insistant that his ball needed throwing! Coronavirus concerns meant he had to settle for me kicking it for him.

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Earnse Bay beach with Blackcombe in the distance. We return to North Scale by the path beside the airfield.

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One of the horses in the field.

A good little walk to do again when the views out to the hills are better. We saw a few dog walkers, but it was mostly very quiet.

Keep safe!

Jo.

 

 

 

 

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