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Week In Focus #37

Nethertown Beach

This is picture #37 of a weekly Photo Challenge that I set myself – there is no particular theme. The idea behind the challenge is to get myself outside into the Cumbrian countryside, at least once a week.

  • This week’s photo was taken on the beach at Nethertown in West Cumbria.

Nethertown is a small village on the Irish Sea coast. At high tide, Nethertown beach is mainly shingle. At low tide a broad strip of sand becomes exposed. Behind the beach are grassy dunes through which runs the single-track coastal railway line. Between the railway track and the beach are a scattering of chalets and beach bungalows.

From the beach there are views over the Irish Sea and Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant to the south. The fells of the Lake District can be seen in the distance. The west-facing beach gets some good sunsets.

During the Second World War, the nearby village of Nethertown was home to an anti-aircraft training camp. The village had its own school, which later became a mission church for St Bees Priory. It is now a private residence.

The community today is predominantly residential and agricultural. There are a number of caravan parks along this stretch of the coast.

Nethertown Beach
Nethertown Beach
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