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Monday, 8 April 2019

Coast by Campervan - Day 1, West Cumbria

Living so close to the coast we have already "done" much of the nearest section on several occasions, but in the interests of sort-of-completeness, I wanted to start this project at the top of the English coast.

There could be an argument made for commencing at Bowness-on-Solway.  If you'd like to do that then I hope you have a nice drive and let me know if you enjoy it.  I have driven the narrow road through the salt marsh before in a 4WD Subaru.  The road has very, very soft verges and Bill gets terribly upset at the thought of off-roading.  So I didn't!  If there was a need to justify that decision (there isn't) I would say that it is not really "coast road" because the water beyond Skinburness is neither the Irish Sea or Solway Firth, but the River Esk, so there 😛

Instead, I drove up to Skinburness, turned around just past where the now demolished hotel used to be and headed south.





Had a stop and a walk around at Silloth but it was a dull and gloomy day, not conducive to being by the sea.







Continuing south through Mawbray and Allonby, where Daisy enjoyed many, many walks.



Through the fairly unattractive industrialised coastline at Flimby, and into Workington.  Equally unattractive, a large and useful Morrisons where I had a quick stop for groceries, and an opportunity to fill the habitation tank with LPG.  Oh my, we know how to have a good time 😀







And with that dull little trip my "Coast by Campervan" project has really begun.




25 comments:

  1. Well done, but have you just done that or are you talking about something already done. Looks interesting & I can't wait to see more of your travels. Maybe St. Annes some time soon as I think that is not too far down from where you've been? Take care & enjoy.

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    1. Confession time - this was a few weeks ago. Have a look at Eunice's blog - she did a walk at Lytham St Annes a few days ago.

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    2. Uh.... that's why I mentioned it as the photos were stunning. I want to go there too hopefully.

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  2. Dear Jayne
    How about this for added inspiration:
    'The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step' Lao Tzu.
    It's always encouraging to make a start on something.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Absolutely right Ellie, although in this case the journey starts with a diesel engine and a full tank of fuel!!

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  3. Blogger must be having another off-day, my comment has disappeared :( It's good to know your adventure has started, though it must have felt a little odd doing a section of the coast which is 'on your doorstep' and where you've been many times before. If I can get over to Maryport (weather permitting) I intend driving up as far as Allonby - I've checked it out on Google street view and though there's nothing there it looks like my kind of cute little place. I can't wait now for my own little adventure! :)

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    1. This first section did not really feel like an 'adventure' having been up and down this road so many times before.

      I must "extract the digit" and talk to you about Easter. I wondered if you wanted a day out and I thought of starting up at Mawbray and working our way down the coast?

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    2. It's a possibility though I've had an idea of my own which I need to run by you, again weather depending. I've a rough idea of where you might be now, though I could be wrong, however if you let me know when you're getting close to St. Annes I'll tell you where my favourite cafe is if you want a brew or anything, also if you park there it's free for cafe customers :)

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    3. Thanks lovely, have just emailed you.

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  4. How great, to get Part I, "under your belt." :-)

    I wonder if the "saying's" we have, translate, to another country???? ,-) But obviously, that means to have accomplished something.

    🌱🌱💚🌱🌱

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    1. It's OK Wisp, that is one phrase that has not been lost in the translation :-)

      As I said to Eunice, it was rather too local to feel like I had made much of a starty. Today however, I really HAVE started ... but I will wait until I get back home to blog :-)

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  5. And so the adventure begins ... gathering experiences and making memories ... fantastic! xx

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    1. Thanks Eileen, unfortunately also gathering a list of places I want to come back to and spend more time. It is a fine balance between stopping at nice places on the way, and covering a reasonable amount of ground . . .

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  6. I've read a few books about people who've walked or cycled all round the coast, can't remember who though.
    It sounds like a good adventure

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    1. The best account I've found is Ruth Livingstone (who is still 'en route' so to speak), there is a link to her blog on my previous post.

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  7. Yay, you've made a start, that's great and so your adventure begins :)

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    1. Definite progress today Eileen, nearly 100 miles . . . so you can have fun trying to guess where I am 😊

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  8. A great start, and some lovely places to come. We're in Preston, so I'll think of you passing by quite a few times over the coming months. If you do get to Preston there's always Brockholes Centre just off the motorway junction for a spot of bird watching (and tea). x

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  9. Thanks Beacee. I know Brockholes and am most unlikely go there. Years back Management and I were in the area and looking for somewhere to stop. We'd barely turned off the main road into their drive to be confronted by massive signs saying dogs weren't allowed anywhere, not even the car park.

    I understand the need to protect ground nesting birds. I understand that, sadly, a lot of dog owners are selfish idiots and think "must be on a lead" applies to everyone but them. But we never frequent places where the whole family are not welcome. If there was a cafe which banned noisy, screaming kids with no table manners, I'd reserve a table!

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    1. I thought I'd throw something else out here - I've spent nearly all of today at RSPB Leighton Moss which is a wonderful site with huge diversity of birds and other creatures. Dogs are allowed on many of the paths, but not the most sensitive areas. Good balance seems to have been achieved which proves it can be done and a Brockholes-style blanklet ban is not the only way.

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    2. I take your point entirely. We're not a dog family, so I wasn't aware of the restriction.

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  10. Sometimes that first step is the hardest and you've got it under your belt. Do you know how frequently you're headed out? Or did you say already and I missed it? I hope you make the trip for the sake of enjoying the whole thing, not just to tick off the next segment. That old thing about smelling the roses, or the salt air, or whatever, in this case.

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    1. Thanks FFG :-) I'd like to get away once each month, but there is a balance to be found - I have so much I want to do at/from home.

      Your crystal ball has definitely had a polish - it's a big learning curve working out how to ensure the trip is fun and relaxing and not just miles for the sake of it.

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  11. Let the adventure begin! Lovely to see Daisy 'with you' on this section xxx

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  12. Thanks Kate. Daisy would have hated this, far too much travel time for her. Ollie, however, would have revelled in it. Although bird-watching was impossible with him, a 5 minute stop on a walk was enough for him to get completely bored and bark at me until we carried on.

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