Rampside, Cumbria.

26th February 2011. We find ourselves travelling along the Leven Estuary, in the north west of England. The rivers that form it are chiefly those that flow from Coniston Water & Lake Windermere: the English Lake District lies not many miles to the north.

Again, the weather was very mild. The winter of 2010/11 was very severe by English standards, and so I suppose the Presiding Deities were making it up to us. Being very early, an hour was spent wandering around the beach at Bardsea. This is a view looking back to the village.

This image is from another visit. Alas, no date, but it’s clear the wall & part of the land has been washed away in a storm.

Our destination was Roa Island. We have been there several times, and always wondered what this tower was. It’s obvious really: it was a one of a network of lighthouses erected around the large & treacherous bay you see stretching for miles in front of you. The tide comes in very quickly indeed across it… and presumably recedes just as quickly. A chap called Scammell 23 posted this on a discussion group, and I don’t think he’ll mind if I copy it here: “I found this interesting light house while working nearby. It was built between 1850 and 1870. This unusual tower, known locally as The Needle and is the only survivor of 13 range lights built on the approaches to Rampside and Barrow in the 1850-1870 period. Slated for demolition, it was saved after Rampside residents worked to have it listed as a historic structure. Good on them I say! Located on the shoreline at Rampside, just off the A5087 about 3 mile southeast of Barrow-in-Furness.”