Whitehaven is a Georgian town on the Cumbrian coast. Long ago it was the most important port for ships bound for America (ahead of Liverpool). This year the parks department has excelled itself, keeping St Nicholas Gardens looking colourful as well as filling every public space with begonias in containers.
One day I went looking for autumn colour in Trinity Gardens. Occasionally I stop to take photos in passing. The curled-up swans stopped me in my tracks.
St Nicholas Gardens
St Nicholas tower
Swans in 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.
Watch tower on old quay
Marina and Crow’s nest
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.
Whitey Rock in sunshine
The Crow’s nest
Swans in a row
Crow’s nest and wavy line
From the viewing gallery
Start of the Coast to Coast cycle ride
Swans and gulls