Walney Lighthouse Views and a Sunset Walk.

Name of walk Walney Lighthouse Views and a Sunset Walk.
Date of walk 2018-05-24

Fellow bell ringer and lighthouse cottage resident, Clarissa, had invited us round to see the views from the top of the Lighthouse which is situated in the Nature Reserve at the southern most point on Walney Island. The lighthouse was built in 1804, is Grade ll listed and has been unmanned since 2003.

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Brendan with Clarissa outside her cottage.

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There are 91 steps on the spiral staircase.

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The lighthouse is fully automated.

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Some views out from the lighthouse balcony.

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Looking over to Piel Island.

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Close up of Piel Castle.

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Looking down on the two lighthouse cottages.

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It is very exposed.

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Clarissa's walled garden.

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View out towards Groyne Hide.

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Looking towards the wind farm.

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We head back down for a coffee.

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Groyne Hide.

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Lots of blue butterflies about.

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We head back via the lighthouse to visit Braithwaite Hide.

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The hide is named after Peggy Braithwaite (1919-96), born on Piel Island, she was the lighthouse keeper until she retired aged 74. The hide is designed by ArtGene.

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There are displays inside, this one was on the lighthouse. With photos of Peggy and previous keepers, including the Geldarts.

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One of the display photos of Peggy.

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In the evening we went for a walk up the far slag bank across from Walney Island. I was testing my new knee to make sure that I would be able to climb Hallin Fell next weekend. Lucy, bell ringer Sue's daughter, is completing her 214 Wainwright mountains with a family and friends celebration on top of Hallin Fell. I didn't want to miss it. Hallin Fell is steep and grassy, but only a 30 minute ascent from St. Peter's Church for the able bodied! So I should manage okay with the aid of crutches. Sunset over the north end of Walney Island.

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There has to be sheep!

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Blackcombe.

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Looking south and across to the village of North Scale, from the top of the slag bank. Getting up was easy enough!

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I live in one of the houses on the right.

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St. James bell tower, the Town Hall and Walney Lighthouse.

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Jubilee Bridge.

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Brendan on the highest point.

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Haverigg and Hodbarrow.

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Them there hills......after a 12 week hiatus, next weekend I'm coming to get you! The slag bank walk took 45 minutes, parking by the railway bridge.

Jo.

 

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