Walney Channel Walks

Name of walk Walney Channel Walks
Date of walk 2016-10-19

A couple of walks on either side of Walney Channel. For the first one I parked in the parking area just before the railway bridge on Park Road. For the second one I walked from home.

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The route through the railway tunnel leads down to the beach and up to the slag banks.

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I head north along the base of the bank. Glorious weather! The tide is due in in less than two hours, so I will return along the tops.

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Blackcombe.

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The remains of a boat.

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The first of four World War Two pill boxes that I am planning on visiting come into view.

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Erosion has taken its toll.

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It is still accessible. I look in, but stay by the entrance. Getting in is easy....but getting out? I continue along the beach to the next pill box.

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Erosion has undercut this one too.

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I look in. The blast walls have become detached.

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Looking across to the Black Huts.

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The next two pill boxes come into view, the first one is in good condition, the one behind....not.

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A room with a view!

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The last pill box is in a precarious position.

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Looking across to the sand dunes on Walney Island.

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Suffice to say I don't attempt to go into this one!

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I head on a bit further to view the remains of a concrete building, before heading back.

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Blackcombe with the Black Huts below.

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Oyster catchers.

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The tide has now covered my original route so I head up on to the slag bank.

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I then have a return to ground level before I head up the next one.

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View over to Walney Island. Not much beach left below me.

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Great views out all around.

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I return to my original route to the beach (shown in the photo), then continue up the final bank.

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Looking over to my house on Walney Island.

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St. James' Church.

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I head past the new Police Station and down the steps. The route behind me will take me all the way to The Dock Museum. I decide to head off right to Cocken Lake.

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Cocken Lake.

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I head back past the Fire Station to my car.

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Earlier I had done a walk down to Walney Channel from my house, taking the road that leads down to the airfield before cutting across the fields at the signed stile.

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St. James's Church from the Walney side of the channel.

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An old Air Raid Shelter. This field housed the barracks for RAF Walney in the 1940's. The buildings' bases are still in the field.

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The horses watch me as I go inside, curious as to what I am doing.

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I head across the fields via footpaths to Walney Channel.

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The new Police Station. it looks like it has its own steeple and bell tower! It certainly has a great view out to all the mountains. If I worked there I'd spend too much time gazing out of the window!

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Looking south to Walney Bridge.

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View across to the slag banks.

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In the evening I head to Earnse Bay for the sunset.

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I catch a plane coming into land at the airfield.

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The sun sets behind the wind farm.

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Bill from Melbourne sent me this adaptation of my photo! Ha!

The first walk took me two and a half hours, the second about an hour.

Jo.

 

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