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Allonby at Sunset
Date & start time: Sunday 11th December 2010, 2.45 pm start.
Location of Start : Maryport Bank End, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 048 384 )
Places visited : Bank End, Cross Canonby, Allonby Village.
Walk details : Three short walks along the seafront, part of the Allerdale Ramble.
Highest point : All of 50 ft above sea level.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Dry and calm with late afternoon sunshine.
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To get away from the damp low cloud that covers the high fells
we take a drive to the coast and enjoy a late afternoon walk.
Big skies, wide vistas and the perhaps the chance of a sunset as it emerges from beneath the cloud.
The offshore wind farm, mid-channel out in the Solway Firth.
Let us say the seafront at this point is a little less than attractive . . . so we drove a little further round the bay.
The tide is rising and the beach is getting smaller by the minute but there is still space for a walk along the sands.
Ann contemplates the view out to sea.
The beach debris looks a lot more natural along this part of the foreshore.
Whelk shells and seaweed.
The sun makes an appearance from below the bank of clouds . . .
. . . casting a golden glow across the bay . . . and onto those in it.
Two slightly more golden than usual, golden retrievers . . .
. . . seen this time against a backdrop of Criffel across there in the land of the Scots.
Sunshine over high ground near Maryport.
The last of the sand here was being covered by the tide so we returned to the car.
The old Reading Rooms at Allonby as we pass through the village.
There seems to be some renovation work on this rather fine old municipal building.
The sunshine compliments this "area of outstanding natural beauty".
Parking below the road at North lodge at the top end of town.
The building was a residential home built about 1840 by Thomas Richardson of Darlington.
It now belongs to the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and is currently low-cost housing for older folk.
The river at Allonby follows parallel to the coast for some half to three quarters of a mile,
held back by a long natural bank of shingle.
The sun light illuminates the large farm building at Dubmill point, at the top end of Allonby beach.
There are a few sea birds congregating on the water's edge just ahead of us.
This is where the river turns and makes a break for the sea.
A step too far today if we want to get back before dark.
We turn and enjoy the sunset as we walk the short half mile back to the car.
The view into the high fells is interesting . . . Identifying Skiddaw, Binsey, the wind farms at Bothel, then Hopegill Head and Whiteside
took a little longer than normal due to the unusual angle we view them from today.
The main attraction however was out to sea.
Myself down at the water's edge with the dogs.
The seabirds move just that little bit further out as we approach.
We are treated to one last surprise today . . .
Those are not clouds but are the hills of the Isle of Man, unseen until the last minutes of the sunset.
With a chill in the air we drive back home, with a slight diversion to the seafront at Maryport
A small fishing boat has just arrived back and the boat and its wake can be seen rounding the inner jetty.
The Church and docks as the colour drains from the sky.
Parking down by the Aquarium for a few minutes
there's a rather nice evening light on the houses along the sea front.
Christ Church and some of the houses of the town reflected in the still waters of the harbour.
The bridge is still open following the arrival of the fishing boat
Its struts illuminated by spotlight but its structure silhouetted against the evening sky.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a chance to travel to the coast.
Previous walk - 11th December 2010 Green green grass of Harrot Fell
A previous time here - 30th January 2008 Allonby by the Sea
Next walk - 17th December 2010 Lorton, Whinlatter (et al)