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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Coast to Coast (Holiday photos #1)

On an island as small as ours it is no surprise that Coast to Coast walks are very popular. Wainright's trek from St Bees to Robin Hood's bay is one of the most well-known, and I have always hankered after The TGO Challenge whilst in truth I know I am never going to be accepted for it, let alone manage to complete the route.

One day I did not feel like driving anywhere and decided to take a walk down a very narrow lane which starts outside the campsite. It is a long, almost flat, almost completely straight bit of road that I do not intend to drive down - there are no passing places and it is mostly used by the nearest farmer on a large tractor. But after a couple of easy miles it leads into the lovely little village which is Port Logan.



I have been to Port Logan a couple of times before, sadly the pictures from my last visit two years ago are still unsorted in a folder on my computer which is a shame because I know I have some terrific shots, but the detail of that trip did not make it to the blog {sigh}. It is a super place - if your definition of super is no shops (the tea 'wagon' is only open at weekends), almost no people, and nothing much to do **, although it has been a busy place in the past both in the 18th/19th centuries and more recently when Two Thousand Acres of Skye was filmed there two decades ago.





For a laugh I dipped my toe into the sea (and had done so before setting off from the campsite) which is the "official" way of starting and ending a Coast to Coast walk. Then I had a sit down, watched locals walking dogs on the beach, enjoyed the silence, and walked back. It was strange not having Bill for company and meant I did not stay as long as I might otherwise have done, or go clambering around the rocks looking at wildflowers. The round trip was just over 5 miles.

Pictures enlarge to full screen, and if you click on the first one you can scroll through them all.





















** that is not strictly true - an enterprising local has SUP's for hire and a mile up the road is the Port Logan Fishpond which to be honest, I have never really fancied . . .




19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous views. The last is my favorite!

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  2. It looks a lovely place and you got to dip your toe in the sea, sounds good to me.

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    1. Cheers Eileen, I suppose I was cheting - not really my toes but the toe of my boot 😉

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  3. A couple of guys at work get a holiday cottage every year at Port Logan and spend two weeks fishing - as nice as it looks I could think of nothing more boring 🙁 I love the pics, especially the penultimate one 🙂

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    1. I agree with you about the fishing - where is the attraction is sitting for hours in order to trick an innocent creature onto a hook so you can pull it out of its natural environment and kill it?

      But Port Logan is a lovely place, and if I had taken Bill (or more importantly, the kettle & tea bags!) I would have spent hours there 🙂

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  4. Oh, it's beautiful & your photos are gorgeous. I relish remote by the sea or in green hills, but have never fancied being remote in our vast outback wilderness. The grisly looking pirate with his boat is very creative and thanks for sharing some of your holiday. Take care & hugs.

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    1. Thanks Susan, no - I don't fancy the vastness of your outback either 😛

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  5. Beautiful views. It must have been mesmerising to watch those fluffy white clouds.
    I often hanker after the Coast to Coast walk. One day...

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    1. C>C walk . . . one day Jules, one day 🤗

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    2. Intellectually - definitely yes, but realistically I think several days of walking 15+ miles might be a bit ambitious!

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  6. It's beautiful, I Googled it last year when we had just binged watched every episode of Two Thousand Acres of Sky, we both loved the beauty and ruggedness of it. I would love to holiday there, although there would be no fishing for me.

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  7. binged watched every episode of Two Thousand Acres of Sky

    Be still my beating heart! How did you access the series? I'm not very au fait with all the current streaming options and have not managed to find it.

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    1. I have the DVD box set, bought from Amazon a couple of years ago. Unfortunately I have just checked and it's now unavailable :-(

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  8. Laughing at Boaty McBoatface! Love the big skies in the photos, what a stunning place!

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    1. So much work had gone into this display, although my favourite bit was the ship's cat.

      I wish the creator had put a charity jar in the display, I would have happily popped some money in it.

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  9. As a child I loved remote places. Now I live on Lewis which is remote (by most definitions) but Port Logan is definitely 'too remote' to live in for me but perfect for the occasional few days.

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    1. I think "remote" depends upon context. Compared to Hampshire people think we moved somewhere incredibly remote 🙄.

      Port Logan is great for a visit but I would not want to live there either.

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