Campsite visitors

titSpotted a tree creeper in the tree next to the van this morning and a young blue tit.

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A Day on the Train

Spent most of the day on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. We  “Let the train take the strain” The trip is 40 minutes each way and at each end the loco is turned around on a small turntable.train7.jpg

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And then the rain came down

Continuing on towards the sea (on the West Coast) which we reached at Bowness-on-Solway.Where it started to rain.

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We stopped at Holm Cultram Abbey. The 1st Monks came to this site in 1150. Dissolved in 1538 and fell into ruin. In 1880s the church was restored, & in 1913 the roof was restored pre-Reformation timbers were found, however the roof was completely destroyed in 2006 in an arson attack. By 2010 the windows and roof were reinstated.

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The rain became worse by Silloth but stopped enough at Skinburness for another lighthouse adventure, East Cote Lighthouse dates back to 1864 when it was a “mobile” lighthouse on a rail track however in 1914 it became fixed in its current position.

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Also saw very nice monument to Edward the 1st (died near  here on July 7, 1307, Burgh by Sands)

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Now East to West

We left the East Coast of England and headed across country towards the West Coast following Hadrain’s Wall

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Stopping at many  forts and Roman  remains along the wall. Some parts were well sign posted and had many visitors others parts were more quiet and off the main tourist routes

Hadrian’s  Wall runs 73 miles across Northern England and is considered the most important Roman monument in Britain.In built on the direct orders of Emperor Hadrian

in AD 122 & took 10 years to complete.

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The sun has got his hat on.To the sea!

Well rain again over night but given the bright blue sky this morning decided I need to get a paddle on the seashore. However on route a stop off at Warkworth Castle while waiting for the tide to drop.B5.jpg

 

Near Amble notice a light house on a small island so more photo’s (on checking the OS map Coquet Island so I guess this is Coquet Lighthouse.)

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Then on to Alnmouth beach for the rest of the day.

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Mrs Eider Duck and Chick
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