Saturday, 30 November 2019


We headed over to Whitehaven on Friday afternoon ready to spend the day there on Saturday.

Whitehaven is a town and port on the west coast of Cumbria near the Lake District National Park.  We'd never visited before and noticed there were a few long multis there that would hopefully take us around the town and keep us busy for the day.

We stopped off in Broughton in Furness on the way to Whitehaven to walk Charlie and find a few caches.

Beautiful sunrise

It was a freezing cold start to the day but a beautiful sunrise.  We were really glad of the night heater last night.

Nethertown Station
On our way into Whitehaven we detoured to Nethertown Station, a request stop on the Cumbrian coast line and as luck would have it a train rolled into the station just as I was about to take this photo.

Whitehaven harbour

The Candlestick
We did all the multis around harbour which took most of the day.  It was a lot of fun and they were all worthy of favourite points as they highlighted things we wouldn't have noticed otherwise.  The first one took us to The Candlestick. The Candlestick is the colloquial name for the disused ventilation chimney of Wellington Pit. On the 11 May 1910, 136 men and boys died following an explosion and fire at the Wellington Pit.  You can read a more in-depth article on the Wellington Pit disaster here.

The next multi took us round lots of Whale tail benches, we thought this might be a problem but as it was so cold we only encountered one occupied bench.

We really enjoyed our day in Whitehaven and will definitely be back to area to hopefully do some of the nearby walks.

A very frosty start to the day and a beautiful sunrise.
The plan for today was to do a walk from Moor Row along a section of cycle path.  Last night we'd spotted a new unfound cache right at the beginning of where we'd planned to start our walk.  We'd expected it to have been found by now but we were surprised to find a blank log sheet.  I can't remember the last FTF we had but it must be a couple of years or so.

Public art in Moor Row
The residents of Moor Row funded the fabulous Armistice centenary mural on the gable end of the Emmanuel church.  The names of all the residents who fought in the great war are listed there too.

Next stop was Seascale for a walk on the beach with Charlie.  Seascale is a very small seaside resort.  Seascale became a popular holiday destination for Victorian holidaymakers in the North of England thanks to the Furness Railway being introduced in the 1850s.

You can just make out Sellafield nuclear site further along the beach which is about a mile north of the town on the photo above.  This is the site of the world's first commercial nuclear power station.

Water Tower
The water tower was used before Sealscale was connected to a proper water supply.

On our way home we stopped off in Winderemere for a walk up Brant Fell.  Brant Fell is one of Alfred Wainwright's Outlying Fells.

All in all a great weekend but it has to be said we are really looking forward to more daylight hours again, it's hard fitting things in when the days are so short.

Thanks for reading.

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