A sunny, warm day off. What’s a soul to do?
Gather the family and head to the coast. As we’d not been there in a while, we headed down to Seascale via the scenic Cold Fell route.
We arrived to this view from the car park.
Standing on the path, I looked to my left.
And then to the right.
Best Beloved and the dogs wasted no time at all; they put feet to sand first. As usual, I lag behind, admiring wildflowers and snapping photographs.
There’s a dip in the ‘pier’. When the tide is high, the paler portion is under water.
Walking south along the beach, you can see Black Combe in the distance.
BB and the dogs have been playing a joyous game of fetch on the packed sand. (And through the rock pools.)
A very happy spaniel. Is it just me, or is she smiling?
And this fella, this westie, he is in his element.
What a backdrop for this beach walk. Zoom in on the photo below and you’ll see the Scafel Pike, the highest mountain in England at 3,209 feet / 978m.
On a much smaller scale, a factoid: in the south-west of England, rocks covered with seaweed are called ore-stones. I wonder if there is a Cumbrian term for them?
The tide began to turn, and the dog’s were due for a drink. Time to walk back to Seascale.
We indulge in an ice cream cone from Mawson’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Happily, they’ve placed a bowl of fresh water outside for the dogs . BB and I take turns going inside for our treats.
Mawson’s always have imaginative flavours. Among the Snickers, Honeycomb Crunch, and Strawberry Cheesecake, we find Unicorn. Thank you, Internet.
I chose Panacotta & Forest Fruits. It was a good choice – gentle dairy sweetness balanced with sharp berries. BB had a double scoop, both the Panacotta & Forest Fruits and some Strawberry Cheesecake.
My cone crumbled a bit, but it was delicious.
Song filled drive to the coast – check. Relaxing sound of waves and fresh coastal breezes – check. Sandy and wet game of fetch – check. Ice cream eaten on a bench in the sunshine – check.
Goals met, we jumped into the car and started the journey home.
What are your favourite beach memories?