A circular walk from Flookburgh….

A bit more cloud and breeze around today, but some lovely hazy sunshine during the afternoon. Another quiet walk was the order of the day today and so off to Flookburgh we went. Parking up in the village centre we set off in search of the sea and after a mile or so as the road ran out, we joined a track running along the top of Old Embankment.

Several hundred metres of marshland separated us from miles of the low tide sand of Morecambe Bay and the sea, until we reached Cowpren Point where we were able to scramble over the grassy hummocks and step over the little water inlets onto the beach.

Not the prettiest beach and like yesterday a bit on the muddy side but plenty of space for Poppydog to have a good run around with out causing any bother!

And look across Cartmel Sands at the mountains of The Lakes in the distance – can’t see any snow on the peaks anymore!

From here to Sandy Gate the path took us up the estuary, where we followed the lanes back into Flookburgh – a good 5 mile round walk with not a soul in sight.

Two thoughts of the day:

Baptiste – clear as mud as per!!

I always wondered where all the sand off Kennack and Kynance went to during the winter – well its all up here in Morecambe Bay!!!

A walk from Haverthwaite to Greenodd Sands….

Not quite wall to wall sun, but pretty much so. As the little folk have arrived we were looking for somewhere a bit off the beaten track and this 7 mile round trip certainly hit the mark.

We parked up in the little village of Haverthwaite and took the Cumbria cycle route along the shores of the River Leven (feeding from Windermere) towards Greenodd.

The track passes through woodland (Rousea Wood), marshy grazing land and nature reserve and over the 3 miles we passed one cyclist and two walkers – so perfect. Oh and look who else we saw?

Seriously think these cows are so photogenic!

As we arrived at the footbridge to Greenodd the river bank widens and gives way to a large expanse of slightly muddy sand (tidal).

Plenty of space for Poppydog to stretch her legs, though she did become a bit irritating barking all the while for me to throw stones – of which there were none, so she got put back on the lead!

We turned about at Mearness Point and followed a slightly different route back.

Two thoughts of the day:

I love it when a plan comes together!

Fortunately this muddy sand dries easily to dust – pfff and it is gone!

Does the sun always shine on Walney?….

A frosty start to another fabulous day. Though a bit of a trek from here, the day is just too nice, so off to Walney we head. This time we parked up at Sandy Gap (more free parking) immediately across the Island from the bridge to explore the southern half of Walney West Shore.

Just as we got onto the beach, Poppydog discovered an abandoned (well I hope it was abandoned!) football – oh she really is in heaven now!

So we spent a happy hour, not going far, playing football, loosely working our way along Biggar Bank Beach.

Eventually, as we were getting no where fast, I called time on the fun and games and hid the football behind a bin (ready for the next player to come along) and we continued our walk along the beach. From Bent Haw the beach has more frequent scars (patches of stones and broken shells) but still some lovely patches of sand in between.

What a beautiful afternoon and though there were quite a few wandering along the path on the top, the beach for the most part was empty.

Two thoughts of the day:

Fair trade Town? Ever heard of such a thing? Well for your info both Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston are and according to google to qualify they have to serve Fairtrade Coffee and Tea at their Council Meetings and at least two shops / cafes must offer some Fairtrade products – really? I thought all councils were strapped for cash – feels like another town twinning project!

On a fairly similar vein – pleased to see that they have postponed making more sections of our motorways ‘smart’ until they have finished the existing sections – wow what an amazing level of common sense!

Sunny Walney Island awaits….

Well it certainly feels like spring has sprung! What a lovely day and reasonably warm, so off we went to the seaside – well you do don’t you?

The island is accessed by a relatively short road bridge from Barrow-in-Furness and is about 11 miles long and 1 mile at its widest. I was quite surprised to realise that the central part of the island is quite densely populated – Vickerstown initially built as a town for the workers of Vickers boat building in Barrow but either end of the island are extensive Nature Reserves with beaches running all along the west side and the east side more marshland.

Today we headed for the West Shore at Earnse Point (plenty of free parking) and headed towards the north end.

The beach is pebble backed with long stretches of sand interspersed with areas of stone (scars) – we soon left the houses behind and enjoyed a lovely walk along the deserted beach towards Black Combe the hill in the background back on the mainland.

Poppydog happy to chase seabirds, the occasional pebble and wallow around in the many pools left in the sands.

Oh we have missed this, it feels like a long while since we were able to amble along an empty beach, especially in the sunshine! For a change on the way back we pottered in and out of the low dunes of the Nature Reserve.

Two thoughts of the day:

The Lakes are beautiful but a long, deserted, sandy beach wins every time!

It feels wrong somehow that this tiny island is so heavily populated.

A sunny walk to Roa Island….

Another beautiful day and almost warm in the sunshine! We pretty much set off were we left off yesterday, finding plenty of parking along the Coastal Road. Our first stop was a trip down onto the beach at Roosebeck Sands, taking the opportunity of an empty beach before the incoming tide swallows up all the sand.

As the tide is quickly coming in, we walked along the concrete promenade that runs all the way above the beach, to just shy of Rampside, where the promenade ends and you are forced to either take your chances on the marshland or walk a few hundred metres on the roadside. All the while enjoying views across the bay to Morecambe and Heysham. Rampside Sands had all but disappeared under the tide, though looked pretty with the low winter sun and contrasting wooden posts. Both beaches are scattered with shells and the sand is quite course and muddy in places.

The village itself is quite unremarkable and the road continues along a short causeway to Roa Island with it’s small collection of houses (no sign of any swanky glass new builds just a few rows of terraces) and a yard full of yachts.

The island is only tiny and soon we had reached the end of the road and Barrow’s New Lifeboat Station, with Piel Island in the distance.

We could have done with a cup of tea at this point but the one cafe was closed on Mondays! So we set off on our return journey and completed our 7.5 mile walk with a little play on the beach for Poppydog.

Two thoughts of the day:

There is something quite magical about visiting an island – I think so anyway.

I have to confess I am looking forward to visiting some ‘proper’ beaches soon. Morecambe Bay May have oodles of sand but much if it is unsafe to enjoy unless you are in the know – which I am not!