and back via Cark
30th September 2009
hadn't really been looking forward to this next section.
I envisaged a fairly dull trot around Cark International
Airport. So it is probably as well that undertaking
it was pretty much an impromptu suggestion of Margaret's.
won't indulge in hyperbole and suggest that it is the
most exciting experience to date but it certainly exceeded
parked in the square at Flookburgh where Margaret tested
and reported very favourably on the public facilities
whilst I checked out the large property opposite and
wondered why there were for sale signs from four different
companies. Then we headed south to where we had
left the Coastal Path on CCP04,
just before the airport. Actually, you can't see
much of the airport- probably because there is not much
did spot some washing, though, at West Plain Farm, albeit
a somewhat underwhelming display, before turning off
the road onto the embankment!
a way, there is not much to see here either- it's mostly
salt marsh with a distant view of the Ulverston Coast
in front and Heysham Power Station to the left.
back along the embankment
there was a head wind and it was trying to rain.
passed a No Cockling sign but it seemed out of date
and we could see a tractor and trailer heading out to
sea, presumably for that purpose.
round Cowpren Point and coffee taken on a massive washed
up tree stump, things started to improve, both scenically
and weatherwise. The Ulverston coast line came
nearer and clearer. There was a piece of flotsam
that had been put to good use- a wheelieless bin that
had sailed all the way over from Dublin.
From Dublin's Fair City
Canon Winder farm house was interesting, sadly missing
any washing but maybe Margaret could paint some in for
them in due course!
view from Sand Gate Farm
names round here are cute- the next example being Lenibrick
Point. Sand Gate sounds much more mundane but
this lonely farmhouse with, on a good day, a brilliant
view over the Leven estuary to the Sir
John Barrow Monument,
had really brightened up this dull day with a spectacular
display of flowers.
we cut inland and onto a lane with a sign that used
to be regarded by my father as a challenge: Unsuitable
for Motor Vehicles. These days it is. The
hedgerow is too overgrown but the upside is that there
were plenty of brambles for picking.
Margaret got quite excited and demanded I take a photo.
You could now see Cark and there, in the distance,
was some more washing!
old lane led right across the railway with its fine
stone footbridge, from which you could see the pillars
of a former bridge strangely still standing, and into
remains of another bridge
Margaret had found the road stretch from Flookburgh
to Cark frustrating, today, in the reverse direction,
she really enjoyed it, particularly having a nosey at
the houses and into the gardens. There was one
garden with a fine display of marigolds where she engaged
the couple in conversation.
swapping life stories, she discovered that not only
did they know Natland, they were related to Holmes
of Natland, the
flower nursery and garden centre family. No wonder
their garden looked good.
sad Methodist Church
proud C of E Church
was then only a short stroll past the sad, deserted
Methodist Church and the huge for the size of the village
and we were back at the car, strangely satisfied.
30th September 2009
5.3 miles covered brings our CCP total to 33.4 miles.
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