Newbiggin to Roa Island
27th February 2010
the nature of the night before, it came
as a bit of a surprise to us that, on the
morning after, minds, bodies and spirits
were willing to get back out along the Cumbria
Coast. No doubt the bright sunshine
had no small part to play!
drove to Rampside, which is actually in
the middle of our target stretch, where
we caught the bus. However, we were
still able to survey the whole of the route
from the comfort of our seat as it first
took us out to Roa Island before turning
round, returning to Rampside and then carrying
on to Newbiggin.
seen at the ball!
was good - yes, we could see our old friend(?), the
Heysham Nuclear Power Station! We could even
see a snow capped Ingleborough in the distance.
it was a beautiful day where we were, there was a threateningly
dark sky over to the south and a cold wind blowing from
the east. There had been a high tide but it goes
out fast leaving us a narrow stretch of quite firm sand
on which to walk. The tides had brought up many
shells and the odd other items such as the disturbingly
shaped parsnip and a Dulux dog.
on the beach
disturbingly shaped parsnip
was hungry before we had even started and was desperately
hoping to round a bend where we might find some shelter.
Sadly, Point of Comfort Scar didn't live
up to its name and it wasn't until we reached the outflow
of a stream beyond Roosebeck that there was protection
from the breeze. In fact out of the wind, it felt
here on, there is less beach and much of the walk was
on the sea defence walls.
defence wall with outflow
style sea defence
Island comes into view
at Rampside, we passed our car and a nice cottage with
a good display of washing.
is also an unusual tower on the beach, we later learned
had been a coastguard's lookout tower. Rampside
Hall was looking splendid but the surrounding modern
housing did it no favours. It must be a prosperous
area, however, as there is a rather fine new village
hall, complete with totem pole. And some kind
person had thourghtfully planted crocii on the beach
cottage and washing
Coastguards' look out tower
by the beach
the intriguingly named Concle Inn (what is a Concle??),
we turned south onto the causeway to Roa Island. This
was exposed and cold. There were boats lying there that
had known better days!
Island (Piel Island to the left)
the far end of the causeway, we saw the bus arriving
and were momentarily tempted to flag it down and call
it a day but fortunately didn't give in to temptation-
after all, we would just have had to come back another
day. Instead we continued to the far end
and onward to the Barrow Life Boat Station, impressively
situated with a fine view to Piel
planning the day, I had wondered if we might actually
get to Piel Island but the ferry only runs in the summer.
Having seen it, I am quite glad it wasn't running!
station and Piel Island
Island and Morecambe Bay from the Lifeboat Station
a tour of the Lifeboat Station and a chat with the ladies
in the shop, we returned through Roa Island and onto
the causeway where a white topped Black Combe dominated
the skyline. We took the team picture with Barrow
in the background.
Grace Dixon Lifeboat
topped Black Combe
picture with Barrow in the background
we made a decision. The Cumbria Coastal Way carries
on round through Barrow and Millom, up the West Coast
as far as Silloth and then follows the Solway into Carlisle.
However, it seemed to us that we had reached a logical
place to bring this series to an end. One day,
we might attempt Part 2 but it is going to become increasingly
difficult logistically and there was the danger of it
looming over us like a burden rather than being a pleasure
to which we look forward.
sooner had we reached that decision than we also reached
the Concle Inn once again so a second decision was made-
to pay it a visit and celebrate our achievement. I
should have asked the landlord what a Concle is but
seeing the etching of a sailing ship along with the
name I concluded that a Concle is a type of sailing
vessel. However, later looking at the map, I noticed
that the area over which the causeway is built is known
as Concle Bank. So we are still not much the wiser but
maybe the sign above the door was a clue!
and its washing
Sir John Barrow Monument being unwrapped
seemed rather fitting that the pub's washing
could be seen from the bar, hanging in the
was about half a mile back to the car and
then a lovely drive home in the evening
sunshine with splendid views over territory
with which we had become well familiar in
the last few months.
golden roof of the buddhist temple glinted
the wraps are at last coming off the Sir
John Barrow Monument at Ulverston.
Island, Roa Island and Rampside Tower
to do next?
we yet have a bit of the Cumbria Way to complete (still
stuck at Latrigg
Car Park!!) but
we are thinking of tackling the Westmorland Way, a route
that goes from the old county town of Appleby to Westmorland's
only seaside resort Arnside, snaking around the Lake
District and other glorious countryside on its way.
Logistically, however, it poses some challenges.
Buses, for example, from Kendal to Appleby run
only on a Wednesday. In the afternoon!
27th February 2010
The 5.7 miles covered brings our CCP total to 73.8 miles.
was also 139 feet of climbing.
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the progress of
Don and Margaret
Cumbria Coastal Path.
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Levens Bridge to
Gilpin Bridge to
and back to Cark
Cark to Speel Bank
(plus a Cistercian Way sampler)
Low Wood via Bigland Tarn
CCP08: Low Wood
Ulverston to Bardsea
Bardsea to Newbiggin
Newbiggin to Roa Island
seen by Margaret: