The Candlestick and Whitehaven Harbour

On a recent visit to Whitehaven we explored the area around a local landmark. The Candlestick is a reminder of Whitehaven’s coal-mining past. It was built as a ventilation shaft for Wellington pit. The winter sunshine was illuminating it. It was a windy day and the waves were breaking against the harbour wall.

There is a public house named after it in the town. A picture of that appeared on this blog previously.

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A Walk around Whitehaven Harbour

On a sunny day at the end of December hubby and I went to Whitehaven to visit the Beacon Museum. We were keen to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which has arrived from the Natural History Museum. It is well worth a visit. We also looked round the Art of Reprocessing exhibition marking the end of reprocessing at the THORP plant. The artworks inspired by this were varied and very good.

It is possible to walk around the harbour crossing a footbridge, which is not available when boats are entering or leaving the harbour. The ground is very uneven in places.

Here are some photos.

Derwentwater

The shorter route I mentioned in the second of these four blog posts about a day out in September led us to the side of Derwentwater. I took a few photos near Keswick in the early afternoon and many more on the walk back to the car park after 4pm. Most of them are views of the lake. A few are of the scenery looking inland. One crag, which appears in my photos, has changed since then. A large piece of rock, described as being the size of a bungalow, broke free and smashed on the ground during the last week of November.

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There were a few ducks swimming in a quiet part of the lake. One of them did not match any pictures in my bird books. I asked on Twitter and learned that it was a cross between a farm duck and a mallard.

Related posts:-

Landscape in the English Lake District

Keswick and Derwentwater

A walk along Derwentwater to Keswick

Hope Park, Keswick

Walking back along Derwentwater

Autumn colours

And the three earlier posts in this series may be found by clicking on Previous.