|Name of walk||A walk around South Walney Nature Reserve|
|Date of walk||2014-01-11|
|Distance walked (miles)||3|
|Duration of walk||2 hours 0 minutes|
|Weather||Sunshine and blue skies|
|Peaks on walk||None|
|Walked with||On own|
Today was quite a nice day so I decided to have a drive down to the South End of the Island and see what damage the recent storms had done. As I drove between the Caravan Park and the Nature Reserve I could see that the waves had come up to at least six foot above the road. Thankfully the road had been cleared of debris. I parked in the car park. As a resident I don’t need to pay £3 entry.
Looking across to Piel Castle from near the Reserve's car park.
The road that leads from the Reserve down to the Lighthouse Cottages has started to be eroded by the recent storms.
The water filled gravel pits, today devoid of birds.
I head for the old pier and its views across to Piel Island.
Looking back in the direction of the Reserve's entrance. Today I would see no one. I have the reserve all to myself!
I have a look in Pier Hide, but in January there are not many birds to see.
I walk over to the next hide that looks out over some water filled gravel pits and wait for the sun to hit the lighthouse. This was the last keepered Lighthouse in Britain, constructed in 1790.
View out over the gravel pits.
I head for the far side of the lighthouse.
Looking down on the Lighthouse from the route to Groyne Hide. There are two cottages. One of the Lighthouse Cottages is for sale. £250,000 for the three bedroom property. (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-40743487.html). Just a pity that without money spending on it the access road will be eroded in a few years time.
Heading for Groyne Hide.
View out to sea.
Groyne Hide. Not many birds to be seen. A few Oyster Catchers.
I head back towards the Lighthouse.
Some black clouds coming overhead.
I head for the far end of the Reserve.
I pass the old World War 2 gun emplacement.
View back towards the Lighthouse.
I head for another hide.
Still no birds!
I follow the boardwalk to the last hide I will visit.
I see plenty of rabbits!
Another hide view. With my binoculars I could spot shelducks.
I head back towards the Warden's House.
A good little walk of about three miles, which took me a couple of hours, but I was not rushing.