Silverdale (3)


There’s also the first and second sets of holiday snaps, if you didn’t see them. And the fourth set too.

Tuesday morning

I woke early and went down to take a look at the cove before breakfast.

It’s eight o’clock and the alpacas are still asleep. Very sensible.
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Nice wall and tree.
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Looking north, with cave.
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South toward the distant nuclear power station.
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Trees along the top of the cove.
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Tuesday afternoon

We took the train to nearby Ulverston. After buying sandwiches from a local baker in an indoor market, we had a quick look around the town, which has various historic and pretty buildings.

Union Street Primitive Methodist Church (disused).
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Santa in the window.
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Nice building on the corner.
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Car scrapyard.
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Ulverston claims to have the deepest, widest, and shortest canal in the country. None of these claims are true, but it is still pretty short (about a mile). It runs from a large basin in the town to a lock which opens onto Morecambe Bay. It’s closed to navigation; until recently it was owned by the neighbouring GlaxoSmithKline factory as an emergency water supply.

Superstructure around old rail bridge to Glaxo factory. Lighthouse behind.
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Other side of bridge (which is now a footbridge) with water lilies.
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The factory is quite impressive, especially since it only makes a few types of antibiotics. (It probably shouldn‘t be surprising that it takes a rather large factory to produce some very small tablets.)

In 2002 a study rated it the third-largest producer of carcinogenic pollutants in the country, which is pretty good going. We noticed a slight smell at one point which Dad (who used to work in the chemical industry) identified as a particular solvent I’ve forgotten the name of, but other than that the air seemed fine. Probably best not to drink the water.

Part of the factory.
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Another part.
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We ate our lunch at the bay end of the canal, looking out over the rail viaduct.

View out to the bay.
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Near the lock gates.
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Mum, with railway viaduct behind.
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Looking back up the canal.
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Ineffective lock gates. (The other pair are more solid. By which I mean bricked up.)
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Not having a better plan, we then had to walk all the way back along the canal.

Phone mast and nice building.
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We walked through town to a local park and climbed up to the lighthouse - it isn’t a real lighthouse, but a monument to a John Barrow. The path up is fairly steep.

Sadly I think they’re selling guttering, not plastic ducks.
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Near the lighthouse.
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View from the top. The diagonal line going up to the bay is the canal.
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Opposite view toward Lake District hills.
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We took an even steeper route down and returned to the station, to get a train back.

Hartleys Brewery, closed in 1991.
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Ulverston station presumably used to have much longer trains.
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Back in Silverdale station, just as the rain started.
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