Summer in Southwest Cumbria

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by Ian Greenhalgh

It’s been a funny summer here in northwest England. We have had almost every type of weather apart from snow. Some weeks have been hot and sunny while others have been cold and wet. Almost regardless of the weather though, this is a beautiful area right on the edge of the Lake District but almost unknown to tourists. Some call it isolated and lonely; I call it peaceful and home.

 

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Looking northwest over the Irish Sea from Silecroft Beach just before Sunset. Perhaps my favourite spot to go and relax.

 

SONY DSCLooking south along Silecroft Beach. When the tide is high and the waves crash onto the pebbles the sound is amazing – totally immersive surround sound!

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Horses galloping along Silecroft Beach at low tide as the sun was setting.

 

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Looking north from Corney Fell. The Old Man of Coniston is on the right.

 

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Looking west out to sea from Corney Fell. Eskmeals railway viaduct on the left.

 

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Looking north from Corney Fell towards the Sellafield nuclear site. Only one of the iconic Windscale towers still remains and will soon be gone.

 

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Haverigg Beach at low tide. Beautiful in summer, windswept in winter. A favourite spot for a walk.

 





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Looking north from Millom Pier. The big hill is Black Combe. At 1975ft it is 25ft too short to be called a mountain.

 

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Looking South from Millom Pier towards Kirkby Fell. The concrete rubble to the right is some of the remains of the former Ironworks that stood on this site.

 

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The mud flats of the Duddon Estuary. The low reddish brown feature on the right is a slag heap, a leftover from when there was a large Ironworks close by.

 

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Now this wasteland is home to a large rabbit population.

 

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Millom Pier and the Duddon Estuary. A handful of people still fish here but the Irish Sea contains a mere fraction of the fish it did when I was a boy.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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