Turn Right At Liverpool And Keep Walking – Day 79 Mawbray To Abbeytown – 26 September 2018

Dark mornings and a long journey are not fun. I set off this morning at 04:40, and immediately was made to divert my route because of night road closures, my next choice road was closed because of a burst water main, this meant a 5 minute trip to the bus stop took 20, and I literally managed to jump on the bus as it was departing.

I’ve been a bit silly in stopping previous walks in odd places. I learned to check railway stations for stops which are not fully served by the train, but it was a mistake to give up in Mawbray last time, I should have continued to Silloth. Hence arriving at Carlisle, I had to wait 45 minutes for a train, then again wait 45 minutes in Maryport for a bus onwards.

Still, it gave me a chance to look at Maryport, which had looked so promising from the seafront and harbour, unfortunately it does not retain its charm for the main town and is rather dowdy. I was treated to the unlikely sight of a barber removing his trousers in the shop window, baring your bum in Burton’s window springs to mind. I didn’t inquire further. Like any good NOTW journalists, I made my excuses and moved on.

After the long journey however, starting a walk is always exciting. The sheer joy of a coastal walk is you get to go to the seaside nearly every time (except when estuaries have to be navigated) and it’s a different seaside each time. The ride to Mawbray from Maryport was a quick recap of my last walk (it’s odd how little things stick in your mind – the Codfather chippy at Allonby, the golf course just outside it.

Oh and I also remembered the sign on the bus of which I heartily approve, there’s also one about eating , they are strict in Cumbria.

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As a nice addition to last week’s Pilgrim walk, Mawbray is in the Parish of Holme St Cuthbert. It’s almost as if I plan these things.

Last time, Scotland was visible across the water, today although still in this glorious Indian Summer, the clouds were low and angry and I could not see it, the beach was empty, and the path welcoming

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The wind was also behind me , which meant I got to Silloth,   5 miles away in an hour and a half. I really like the town, it is charming. It was built as a port and railhead in the 1850s, and used in the second world war as an airfield – still outside the town, but inhabited by a cement works.

Turner came here and painted the view to the Solway Firth. It still is a busy town, but somewhat cut off from the rest of the country as the railway is long gone, and it is only served by a few buses a day.

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The town buildings are grand and streets wide and cobbled. I like it.

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It does boast somewhat about its toilets though, they aren’t Edwardian by any stretch of the imagination, more 2018 vintage.

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Past Silloth , there is a long promenade to Skinburness, and a long headland beach  beyond that. I walked to Skinburness, but no further as it would involve doubling back on myself and I wanted to get to Abbeytown to catch the afternoon bus.

The sea which had been gently lapping the shore down the beach was now rough, I dont know if the weather had changed , or it was just the form of the coast here, but I would love to see this bit when it was really stormy.

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Back into Silloth to take the road out towards Abbeytown, passing the airfield cement factory. The afternoon really warmed up now, and the sun was blazing as I walked up to the top of the estuary (the rivers Waver and Warmpool) along long empty roads (bar the odd Cement truck)

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Despite the late start, I managed about 12 miles today.  Arriving in time for the bus, I had an hour to wait, but there was not much to see apart from a rather unwelcoming Premier store. I tried wandering far, but was afraid the bus would be early (I’ve been caught out by that trick) However, further down the road I think is the eponymous Abbey, that’s for next time though

Copyright 2018 Allan P Russell

Author: allanprussell

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