Portside…….

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The Port of Ravenglass, Eskdale, Cumbria

In the shadow of the Cumbrian Mountains, one the northern edges of Morecambe Bay and overlooking the Irish Sea, can be found the old Port of Ravenglass.   It doesn’t look much like a port, just a few hints that relate to its past maritime history….. but make no mistake that this was once a very busy Port.

From Roman times, through to at least the 1940’s, Ravenglass was a Port of some importance.  At both ends of that time spectrum it has been a vital strategic and then commercial link, though its fortunes did fluctuate.   There is no harbour infrastructure, no docks.  Vessels were sailed in on the high tide and left beached as the tide went out.  It was then a frantic exercise to either unload or load the vessel before the tide came in on its twice a day cycle.

The Romans built a road from Ravenglass, up through Eskdale, to link into their major highways they had built through Britain. They also built a Fort and Bath House “Glannoventa” at Ravenglass.

In 1875 a narrow gauge steam railway was built to carry minerals from the Cumbrian Fells.  Today that Railways is a major Tourist attraction now carrying visitors on a dramatically scenic ride through Eskdale.

A visit to Ravenglass is a step back in history……   all peaceful now, but once a centre of much activity.

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

18th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location:-   Dawn at Manesty Point, Derwent Water, Cumbria

(No excuse for revisiting yet again my very favourite place)

Wherever you are (or maybe like to be)….

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

10th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Wordless Wednesday….Another Favourite Place.

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Location:-  Evening and the Buttermere Pines at the head of Buttermere are catching the last of the light. The Lake District, Cumbria…. all over shadowed by the skyline of Haystacks

Where ever you are this Wednesday…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

24th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday… After the Rains

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Dawn over Derwent Water after Heavy Rains, Cumbria

Skiddaw starting to appear out of the gloom after a night of heavy Lake District rains.  The level of the Lake had risen.  With the dawn, the dark clouds were starting to rise and thin.  It was indeed a Moody morning at Manesty Point.

This Moody Monday…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Wordless Wednesday……. A Favourite Place

Wastwater

Location:  Surrounded by England’s highest mountains, Wast Water, Wasdale, Cumbria. 

Wherever you are …….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd February

(C) David Oakes 2021