This is #40 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 is of a former Iron Ore mine in West Cumbria, which is now a lovely little nature reserve. In 1939 the mine started to subside and flood the area, creating Longlands Lake. Longlands was acquired by Cumbria County Council in 1980.
Longlands Lake nestles between Egremont and Cleator Moor and supports an abundance of wildlife within a variety of habitats, which include: broadleaf woodland, unimproved grassland and aquatic vegetation.
The lake is important for its bird population and breeding species include mute swan, coot, moorhen, goosander, tufted duck and mallard.
A circular walk provides safe and enjoyable access all year round for walkers, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. The surface material is finely crushed local quarry stone which provides a hardwearing, compact surface.