Bellringers’ walk to North Walney

Name of walk Bellringers' walk to North Walney
Date of walk 2021-08-29

On Sunday the bellringers from St. James the Great, Barrow in Furness met up in the North Scale car park to walk the new coastal footpath. We would not go all the way to the north end today, but take the path through the fields to the tarns. A walk of about six miles. The weather started brightly.

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We meet in the car park at North Scale. Clarissa takes our photo.

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The Viking sculpture at the entrance to North Scale Village.

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We head down to the channel. (AP)

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Awww!

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"Land ahoy, Captain! (AP)

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Walney Channel.

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Pure coincidence that our walks are called "Meandyrings" (meander+andy+rings) (AP)

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North Scale history.

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One of the old footbridges across the Channel.

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(AP)

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The footbridge across the channel.

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The new wall is now rather high and unsightly!

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The house at the bottom of Teasdale Road.

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Aster.

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A bit off route!

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Sea Lavender.

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Andy's Aster photo.

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High and dry!

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View to Blackcombe at low tide.

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Andy's panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Jason the geologist finds a heart shaped rock. Proof of the accuracy of his "Warning: Easily distracted by rocks" T-shirt. (AP)

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Our route up into the woods.

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Jo reads the sign. (AP)

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Andy.

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"If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise!" Sue and Jo behind me. (AP)

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Lots of sloes on the route.

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An Oscar winning performance?

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Protection from the jet blast.

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Cameron and Jo. (AP)

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Wild Carrot (AP)

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Cow Parsley (AP)

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Meadow Salsify "Jack go to bed at noon" seedhead. (AP)

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WW2 air raid shelter.

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View inside.

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I forage for my lunch, an apple off a tree. (AP)

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Andy's dragonfly photo. There were lots whizzing about.

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We 'plough' on.

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Hay/silage bails.

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Group photo on the stone seat, taken by Clarissa.

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Crossing the heather.

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We approach the first of the tarns.

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The second tarn, with a view to the sea behind the dunes.

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Harebells (AP)

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Puffball mushroom (AP)

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Parasol mushroom (AP)

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Our lunch break spot.

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Jason got a Trilobite hoodie for his birthday.

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The birds that never fly away!

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Part of the 'One For Sorrow' War memorial by Artgene.

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The old WW1 rifle target range.

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"Two for joy"

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"Three for a girl"

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"Seven for a secret never to be told" Followed by the urge to sing "Ma-a-a-ag-pieyeyeye" if you are of a certain age!

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Third tarn.

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Antirrhinum

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We walk back via the dog walking paths.

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(AP)

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Andy's photo of the old control tower. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. We head back to my house for a cream tea.

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Strawberry cream tea with homemade jam and fruit scones. (AP)

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Cameron and a well-stacked scone. (AP)

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Andy, Cameron, Jason and Sue share a joke.

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Jason's photo of Tigger looking up longingly while I put on some clotted cream.

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Tigger on the bench seat contemplating a cream raid.

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Purity Cosmos (AP)

The walk took us three hours and ten minutes, with lots of stops to take photos. Always good to meet up for a ‘Meandyring’! This time without the ringing bit!

Thanks to Andy, Sue and Jason for the use of their photos.

Jo.

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