North Walney Peninsular Walk 2013

Name of walk North Walney Peninsular Walk 2013
Date of walk 2013-03-30

Good Friday afternoon started off sunny so I decided to take a walk around the north end peninsula of Walney Island. A walk I can do from home. Brendan was working, and Tom, home from Uni, has become surgically attached to his Xbox, so I went by myself.
It is about 6 miles all the way around.

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I head past the airport. The snowy fells as background.

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Close up of the control room. The airport belongs to BAE Systems, but the Royal Family and numerous politicians land here when visiting Cumbria.

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Generally there are only a couple of flights a day, but the airfield is used by the Gliding Club too. This one was airborne by the time I'd reached the sea.

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Heading for the beach. It was high tide.

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The sand should be back long before I reach this point again.

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Blackcombe.

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It was another windy day, but good for sailing!

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From the west shore I head across the tarns and dunes towards the east shore.

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Canada Goose.

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Route to the east shore. In August the heather is purple and makes for a great photo.

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The peninsula takes a right turn here and I have to head all the way along to the end.

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The outgoing tide makes for easy walking along the sand. I'm on my own desert island. Unfortunately, no sign of Ed Stafford! The north end is a designated naturist beach so he would have been welcome! I don't think it is ever used as such, it is far too windy and rarely warm enough. Maybe they all hide in the dunes with the Natterjack Toads? Another good reason for me keeping to the shore! I have lived on the island for 22 years and can count on one hand the number of times that I have swam in the sea here. And I'm the hardy type, having scuba dived in December, in Coniston Water....twice, and swam in icy mountain tarns and waterfalls......but the sea at north Walney? Nah.....I`ll give it a miss, thanks!

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Looking across to The Black Huts. People do live there, some permanently, some occasionally.

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Closer view.

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The northern most point of the island.

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Still on the north end.

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It is cold and windy enough here. I don't fancy being up there today! There are avalanche warnings too.

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Looking out to the wind farm as I round the corner back to the west shore.

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The tide is now out, which makes walking a lot easier.....no I haven't been walking on water! But on the pebbles! D'oh!

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But there are still sections where you have to walk on the pebbles.

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I just need to round this corner then I can get back on the sands and walk all the way back in comfort.

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Still a way to go, but I`m now on the sand until I reach the airfield footpath. Looking back to Blackcombe.

The walk takes me about two and a half hours. Always a good walk!

Jo.

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