Bit by Bit I am knocking off the various sections of the Cumbria Coastal Way and this bend of the railway line follows part of it. I'm walking on the the old tram road above (it is now a cycle path) that used to connect to the Parton Brickworks before the railway arrived. One of the ironies is that in 1840 the first locomotive for the Maryport to Carlisle railway was built further up the coast at Lowca but it had to be transported down to Parton to be sent by seagoing barge up to Maryport as this line did not exist. This section of the Coastal Way from Whitehaven to Workington could be described as a walk through Britain's industrial past of ironworks, mines and engineering.
If you are having problems with bends this is the person to solve your problems, Bull Dog Drainage, making a house call at the aforementioned Lowca, we spotted his van again later in the day when we arrived in Workington picking up parts at the Plumb Centre. Problem solved. As it was one of the hottest days of the year we were just looking a shop selling ice cream.
The Beachcomber, Parton
No Beachcoming on this trip and no refreshing drinks at the Beachcomber pub, it closed in 2009. There were plans for four houses to be built on the site but nothing seems to be happening, they would have great Irish Sea views.
Next week I will be on home ground in Morecambe Bay and just around the bend from this little bay. It is unusual for me to know what I'm doing for a next weeks ABC but the reason is the object has both a B and a C in its name.