Walney Island Beach and Tarn Walk

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.

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Heading for the beach next to the runway fence.

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The air traffic control tower and refueling planes at Walney Island Airport.

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A ferry passes through the wind turbines.

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I watched this plane landing only 50m away from me.

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Me and my shadow at the beach. It only takes 20 minutes to walk here. It is high tide.

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Very calm today.

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I take the dog walker's paths in the direction of the Nature Reserve.

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A clump of Asters in the undergrowth.

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I keep taking the path that heads towards Blackcombe.

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The first tarn. They are post war gravel pits.

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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.

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A mallard doing a fine job of herding cygnets.

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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.

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I am put off by the pointy horns and decide to double back and go the other way around the tarn.

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On top of the dunes

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My shadow and me climb the highest dune for the view out to Blackcombe.

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After the storms of two years ago, the grasses are growing back on the shore.

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As high tide means there is no sand to walk on, and shingle makes for uncomfortable walking, I return to the inner paths.

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A memorial seat for Lee Thompson 1958-2013.

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Great views over to Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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Along the lane that leads back to my road are many fields with horses.

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Lots of Red Admirals in the hedgerows.

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Loads of blackberries ripe for picking too, honest! Red ones just look better in photos!

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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.

Jo.

 

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