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Friday, January 13, 2017

A short walk on the Cumbria coast path.

We had a brief walk walk along a couple of sections of the Cumbria coast path. One at Foxfield and one at Silecroft. The weather was chilly and extremely windy but wonderful all the same.
I just took a few photographs to remember the day by and show them below.
 No words, just images.

 Foxfield

 View towards Coniston fells.



 View across the Duddon Estuary, due to be engulfed in huge pylons. Shame on National Grid.
Into the sun at Silecroft. Wonderful sense of wide open space, sounds and smells of the sea.



 Huge wind turbines on the horizon. Acceptable i think.

 Silecroft
 Black Combe.









18 comments:

Al said...

Great pics Alan, it'll be a shame when/if the pylons appear. I like you think the windmills out at sea are ok...so often its the infrastructure required to erect the things on the hills which is the real problem.
A nice quiet part of Cumbria, glad you enjoyed it.

Alan Rayner said...

Hi Al. We've watched the turbines grow in numbers and must admit that we was a bit shocked at just how big the whole thing has become. However, saying that, if they keep them off the hills we will be ecstatic. We will be very disappointed if the pylons get the go ahead. We can't keep on destroying landscapes for profit. We don't have enough beauty in our small land.

Sir Hugh said...

You're ahead of me here. My next section will take me to Kirkby in Furness, but I'm now waiting for a decent weather window and clear diary. I reckon the forthcoming sections are perhaps the best part of the CCP and I don't want to walk them in poor weather.

Alan Rayner said...

I thought we might bump into you around here. I agree with you that it's a wonderful section. We have walked up to Whitehaven and enjoyed it all but it would be miserable in a wet westerly.

afootinthehills said...

Looks lovely Alan. No need for words sometimes.

Alan Rayner said...

Thanks very much Gibson.

Dawn Linney said...

Wonderful photos Alan, a lovely area. Indeed shame on Nat grid, pylons will be a blight on the landscape.

Alan Rayner said...

Thanks Dawn. I know the cost of laying cables underground is far more expensive than pylons but these pylons are going to be enormous. Sometimes the expensive option is the right one. The excuse of cost being more important than what people have to live with forever cannot be allowed to take the high ground.

afootinthehills said...

You're right Alan but that didn't stop Beauly to Denny pylons going ahead. What a blight on the landscape - to say the least.

Alan Rayner said...

I know. It's a pity that those who made the decision are so blind.

Dave said...

I've wondered for a long time about the cost argument when it comes to burying cables underground, and whether it actually stands up in the long-term when you factor in the number of times cables are brought down by high winds, particularly in exposed areas, and then have to be reinstated.

I don't think we always take a long view where infrastructure is concerned.

Alan Rayner said...

Hi Dave,
I have no idea what cost impact time has over either installations, but I'm sure underground or under water cables will have issues too. I get a bit wound up that cost seems to be the most important issue with big jobs like this and they always use the excuse that "the customer will have to pay in the end and bills will rise" to get what they want. Well they seem to find enough money to pay off rich landowners where wind farms are concerned so I hope that the local protests prevail here.

Dave said...

Alan, apologies: what I'd intended to post was "great pictures", then somehow I got sidetracked by having a grumble; it happens a lot.

Someone standing behind me is nodding in agreement...

Alan Rayner said...

No apology needed Dave. Can't beat a good whinge. Mind you watch your back.

Phreerunner said...

Excellent.

AlanR said...

Cheers Martin

John J said...

I took the children (when they WERE children!) to Silecroft in the caravan - they loved the long and deserted beech. A lovely bit of Cumbrian coast.

Shame about Sellafield just up the coast though: https://youtu.be/q_rbubKA9kQ

AlanR said...

I've walked it many times and Sellafield doesn't bother me that much. You can be past it in 10 minutes and the view is in the opposite direction after all.

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