Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sand martins - Mawbray to Allonby

Some fairly poor photos of sand martins, but it was lovely to have them buzzing and bombing around us as we walked along the coast today.

Mawbray to Allonby - with chips!

Our usual walk, in superb sunshine, with chips at the Codfather in Allonby - cracking!
General views ..
A good year for the dandelions...coming into Allonby.
Mallard ducklings on the beck on the way into Allonby.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Harrington Beach field sketch ....

The rusty groynes were lovely yesterday ...and here was my field sketch ...kind of hard to find something to draw but good to be challenged. I had hoped to find a collection of buildings to do in a Percy Kelly style - that'll have to wait.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Parton to Harrington...

We really should have planned these walks in some sort of order as today we returned to Parton and walked in the opposite direction towards Workington. To be fair it was an enjoyable walk - always nice to be on the coast; not as spectacular as other parts of Cumbria's coast but interesting,  none the less, given the industrial heritage. The sea was flat calm and the Isle of Man was very clear ...we could even just make out Ireland on the far horizon. Harrington itself is an odd little spot ...a harbour, stony beach - mainly slag and good views up and down the coast. Just a pity the icecream van left the beach carpark just as we arrived!

Top left - Parton: top right Harrington.
Other photos of the coastal walk.
Harrington harbour ...and a random toad! 
Lovely rusty bits on the groynes at Harrington. 
The Isle of Man. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Whitehaven and Parton - a round trip

With the opening up of the coastal footpath we walked from Parton to Whitehaven; something we haven't done before and a strip of coast that we've whizzed past many times on the A595. We walked from Parton along the wagon way - which was for horse drawn trams  to haul coal from Parton to Whitehaven docks. A lovely little walk and good to see the promenade developments at Whitehaven - an interesting contrast to some of the more run down areas of the town.

Towards Whitehaven along the railway and Parton beach. 
Whitehaven and some of the sculptures celebrating its varied and really interesting history ....
Rope sculptures on the Millennium  Promenade.
Whitehaven lighthouse (1841)...the derelict 'lighthouse' on bottom left photo wasn't a lighthouse but a signal station. 
Jackdaws collecting nesting material in the wall at Parton. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

River Caldew field sketch.

During yesterday's walk I did manage a field sketch - it was cold and on occasions spitting with rain but I was pleased with the result.