Walney Island North End Circuit

Name of walk Walney Island North End Circuit
Date of walk 2013-11-22
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 3 hours 45 minutes
Weather Sunshine at times.
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Brendan, John Guiver, Dave Tyson, Peter Lord
Parking Walked from home.

Yesterday John, Dave and Peter took the train from Hest Bank across the Bay to join us on a walk around the North End of Walney Island. We picked them up from the station and after a coffee we set off from our house for the route alongside the airport down to the beach. We would then head for the Nature Reserve, cut through to the east side of the Island and round the Island’s tip to see the Black Huts, walking back along the beach and then through the dunes. A walk of six miles.

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One of the sheep in the field beside the airfield.

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Looking over at the Air Traffic Control building.

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We head for the sea.

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Wind turbines in close up.

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On the beach, looking towards Blackcombe.

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John and Peter think the turbines are worth a photograph.

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Me too!

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We head along the north end towards the Nature Reserve.

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The first of the tarns, that used to be gravel pits.

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Almost makes you want to get your towel out.......almost!

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The second tarn.

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The sea the other side of the dunes.

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We stop at the seat for a group photo. John, Peter, Dave and Brendan.

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We cross the field and head along the salt marsh

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We make for the beach.

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Entering the north end beach area. Too cold for naturists!

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View back to Barrow and Walney.

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The North End. Looking over to the Black Huts.

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Close up with Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man behind.

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Peter taking a photo of the oyster catcher colony, the black area on the shore.

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Off they all go!

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Another Black Hut view.

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Dave taking a photo of the "shooting star" effects that the wind makes on the sand behind each pebble.

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More oyster catchers.

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"Weather" approaching the Old Man.

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Turbines on the hills above Ireleth.

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"Weather" now engulfing the Old Man, but Dow Crag in sunshine.

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We head back south along the beach.

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Signs of erosion.

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When we reach the lower grassy area we will head into the dunes as it will be easier walking than on the large pebble beach. It is now high tide so there is no sand to walk on.

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Some of the dunes get quite high.

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Walking through the dunes entails quite a bit of up and down, but it is still easier than walking on pebbles.

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We finally head back to the beach

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One of the horses in the field behind our row of houses.

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Back home we have a late lunch of homemade leek, potato and celery soup with croutons.

The walk took three hours and forty five minutes. Thankfully it wasn’t too windy, or too cold and the rain held off. A very gentle walk!

Jo.

 

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