A crisp sunny day in Knott-End-on-Sea….

Another clear sunny albeit ‘brisk’ day with lots of lovely snow on the higher ground, making our journey down to Knott End-on-Sea a very picturesque one. We parked up in this flourishing seaside village and walked down to the sea front, disappointingly again there was much marshland before the sand could be reached, though the views across to the snow covered mountains of the Lakes made up for us not being able to access the beach.

Then just as we reached Little Knot at the point or the estuary, a lovely expanse of sand.

Unfortunately the slipway was closed for works so we couldn’t get at it but at least we know it’s there!

Also this sculpture demarking the spot where L.S. Lowry painted ‘The jetty at Knott End’ with Fleetwood across the estuary in the background.

Not a lot more to see, so we returned to the car and moved on to Cockerham ‘Sands’. A very remote place and unfortunately again the sand is somewhat distant from the shoreline.

Nice pink snow covered mountains in the distance, some muddy looking sand, seaweedy stones, a little lighthouse- Plover Scar Lighthouse and some Abbey Ruins (though they were across some rather waterlogged fields so we passed!) and that was Cockerham!

Now for some real excitement – when we got back to site I noticed that one of the wooden electricity pylons in the field above site was on fire! I checked with my binoculars first just to make sure I wasn’t mistaken and went to raise the alarm with the Wardens, however someone else had noticed and fire brigade were on their way.

They soon arrived in force!

The fire was soon extinguished but the Pylon was quite badly burned and we were advised by the wardens that the power was likely to be off all night as the pylon needed replacing. Now I have never tried operating the heating by gas – let’s hope it works as it is very cold! No worries, we were soon warm and cosy but went to bed early to conserve the gas supply and caravan battery. Fair play to Electricity North West – they were soon out working to replace the pylon and the power was switched back on at about 3am (I only know as my phone pinged as it went back on charge!)

Two thoughts of the day:

How on earth does a pylon catch light a few feet above ground especially when it is so cold?

Not much point in having a portable charger if it is not charged!!

Off to Humphrey Head…..

Tiny, tiny fall of snow yesterday evening, just enough to freeze over and look all pretty and sparkly as we looked out over the River Kent and sands in the morning.

The day was cold but dry and almost sunny at times, so we set off to explore Humphrey Head – why? Well I liked the sound of it and on a clear day you should get amazing views across the whole of Morecambe Bay and beyond from the top! Reason enough, in my book.

We parked up in a lay-by on the main road and walked along the lane the mile and a half or so to reach the start of Humphrey Head, though there were atleast two other parking opportunities and a small car park at the end of the lane. It was a pleasant and peaceful walk, only interrupted by Postman Pat on his rounds and we were soon at the end of the lane about halfway along the hump backed headland. Here there was a rather imprecise sign pointing some midway between the sandy sea level route or following a small path up through the woodland to the top.

We opted to follow the steep woodland path, which became increasingly tricky the higher we climbed (mostly due to the layer of slippery wet leaves underfoot) until about 10m from the top we were confronted with bare rock! Mmm! Now up didn’t look possible and down didn’t look very appealing – at this point I decided that Poppydog and I would be better off going our separate ways and yes, it would have to be downwards! To say that Poppydog reached the bottom much faster and with considerable more grace than I did, is all I’m prepared to say about the experience!

We then continued around the base of the headland across the quite weird terrain, mostly sandy though a bit muddy in places reaching a footpath at the end, taking us gently up on to the top.

Ok so the views across Morecambe Bay made it all worthwhile!

5.5 miles round trip.

Two thoughts of the day:

There is lots of sand around but we can’t seem to get at it!

I know I wished for snow but hey Chicago can keep theirs.

A wet walk in Grange-over-Sands…..

Where is all that snow? Just a few miles north of us according to the news! I was looking forward to waking to a white over, however the pitter patter of rain on the roof squashed that waking thought and so we splashed our way through our morning walk instead!

The rain did abate during the afternoon, long enough for us to pop down to Grange-over-Sands and take a stroll along the promenade.

Grange-over-Sands is quite an attractive small Victorian town, but as we have seen before in Southport the sand has moved on! It should be renamed Grange-over-Marsh! The sand is there but quite away out over marshland – we might venture out if the weather improves whilst we are here.

The promenade runs all the way along the front with, on a clear day, views across Morecambe Bay, today we could just about make out the snow on the higher ground.

As we returned to site it started to sleet – I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

Two thoughts of the day:

It may be a bit childish but I really want to experience a great dollop of snow ⛄️!

Hitching up and setting up plays havoc with your nails!

A sunny walk to Milnthorpe Sands….

A beautiful crisp sunny day greeted us today and not wishing to get in the car, we took our selves off for a walk down the lanes to see Milnthorpe Sands.

Over to the north of us we could just catch glimpses of the snowy peaks of the Lake District.

Whilst basking in the sunshine to the south we were soon walking along the shores of the Kent Channel, looking at Arnside and its vast sand banks.

And eventually Milnthorpe Sands.

It didn’t seem possible to actually get to the sands because of the strip of boggy marshland and rocky sea defences and I suspect they are more mud than sand! So we contented ourself with the sunny walk along the embankment- breaking ourselves in gently!

Two thoughts of the day:

It might be cold out there but we are warm as toast in here!

Snow is forecast for the next couple of days – I wonder?

And we’re off to Meathop Fell…..

After a stop off in Hunton Bridge (Herts) to see Dad and get our first taste of winter..

A moment watching a pair of foxes enjoying the falling snow in the back garden.

An overnight stop with my Aunt in Blackburn for a delicious meal, a good catch up and some homemade chicken soup for my first meal away.

We set off to collect the caravan from just outside Preston where she has been relaxing for a couple of months. The sun was shining brightly but the wind had whipped up and was forecast to continue until early evening making me a bit hesitant to get going. However I saw a couple just returning their caravan and they assured me that as long as I took it steady I would be fine! Ok let’s do this!

Minor problem at take off – I couldn’t get the motormover to work! Not to be deterred I reversed up and hitched up the old fashioned way and we were off! A gentle, albeit gusty 50 mile drive saw us arriving early afternoon at Meathop Fell CAMC site just into Cumbria a couple of miles inland from Grange-over-Sands. Here I discovered the reason why the motormover wasn’t working – the battery was disconnected!! Problem solved and we were soon in situ, with plenty of sunshine left for walk before settling back into our home on wheels!

I think Poppydog is as happy as I am to be back!

Now it is definitely wine o’clock!