|Name of walk||Walney Island Beach and Tarn Walk|
|Date of walk||2015-10-14|
It was another warm and blue sky day so I took a walk from my house down to the sea. Then I visited the tarns, walking through the North Walney Nature Reserve and over the dunes to the sea again, then back home. The walk takes less than two hours.
Heading for the beach next to the runway fence.
The air traffic control tower and refueling planes at Walney Island Airport.
A ferry passes through the wind turbines.
I watched this plane landing only 50m away from me.
Me and my shadow at the beach. It only takes 20 minutes to walk here. It is high tide.
Very calm today.
I take the dog walker's paths in the direction of the Nature Reserve.
A clump of Asters in the undergrowth.
I keep taking the path that heads towards Blackcombe.
The first tarn. They are post war gravel pits.
The entrance to the Nature Reserve. I go through both gates and at the next gate, on the left, is the entrance to the next tarn.
A mallard doing a fine job of herding cygnets.
My usual route is to go around the tarn and then venture through the dunes on to the beach, but there is a little obstruction on the path.
I am put off by the pointy horns and decide to double back and go the other way around the tarn.
On top of the dunes
My shadow and me climb the highest dune for the view out to Blackcombe.
After the storms of two years ago, the grasses are growing back on the shore.
As high tide means there is no sand to walk on, and shingle makes for uncomfortable walking, I return to the inner paths.
A memorial seat for Lee Thompson 1958-2013.
Great views over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.
Along the lane that leads back to my road are many fields with horses.
Lots of Red Admirals in the hedgerows.
Loads of blackberries ripe for picking too, honest! Red ones just look better in photos!
The grass is always greener.......
It was a very warm day for October, I didn’t even need a coat on. The walk, with plenty of stops to admire the view, took one hour and fifty minutes.