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Tuesday, 9 February 2010

SOMEWHERE TOTALLY DIFFERENT (08/02/10)

We left Ingleton at first light in a minor blizzard so having waited for a logging wagon plastered in snow to slither past decided that going over the hill to Dent was not such a good idea.

We have ended up in Ravenglass on the western coastal fringe of the Lake District. No map till, hopefully,  tomorrow as despite advertising WiFi it is out of commission.

As is our want we had a quick wander around to get our bearings. Dark brooding skies full of snow to the north and bright sun to the south made for a pleasant stroll. I only intended stopping here a night or two but there is more to the area than I thought.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Ravenglass to Eskdale narrow gauge or minimum gauge railway. This is worth a look. They don’t appear to be running trains today but I expect by the weekend they will.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        The tide was out but in the sun it’s an attractive place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        A one street town but a few cottages are worth a second look.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         The remains of a Roman Bath House.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Quite how this remains standing is a mystery. They have it fenced off for restoration or to be more precise conservation. The Romans built a fort here and called Itvnocelvm. Local iron ore deposits and easy access to the sea no doubt being the major attraction.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Oyster Catchers on the foreshore…………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           Eating Mussels. these are about six inches deep, there must be millions of them……………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           Not quite as far as the eye can see but enough to keep both Oyster Catchers and a Breton happy, the latter may think twice as Seascale, Windscale, Calder Hall, atomic reactor is only a few miles north. It’s name has changed over the years as minor accidents have occurred. These bi-valves  probably glow in the dark!

If the weather turns unacceptably inclement then there is an owl sanctuary just up the road and Wast Water isn’t far. It is one of my favourite lakes. Hopefully there is enough around to keep me occupied for a week.

5 comments:

  1. I think you're good to go for a week's worth of photos! I hope you're able to keep up with the internet connection!

    The fourth shot from the top and the first shot of the Bath House are my faves. Brilliant colours - looks like it was a beautiful day!

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  2. The railway is a fantastic piece of true gem. And the roman bath needs a lot of work!

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  3. Wast Water was Mum's favourite lake too: It was, I suspect, considerably quieter there in the 1920s and 30s when she first went there.

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  4. Great to see there is some blue sky somewhere in the country. We have just had a blizzard which has covered roads and pavements which are pure ice! Love the Roman ruin, shows how well they built things to last.

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  5. Penny, internet sorted at about the fifth attempt. it's the trouble with being out on a limb. Superb weather and ideal for shooting down sun.
    Bob, intend having a ride on the train, baths are definitely ex ablutions but they are almost 2000 years old.
    GB yes hoping to get up there tomorrow.
    John, the weather has been very cold but grand all week....so far.

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