Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Drigg Dawdle

The name Drigg is probably Old Norse, drag or draga meaning 'watercourse down a valley', the village lies north of the River Irt as it makes its way from Wasdale Water to the Irish Sea .  On some old maps it gets called Dregg but that is probably the result of someone writing down the sound, the Cumberland dialect has a propensity for making two vowels sounds for one vowel. The parish of Drigg's population number has not changed much since 1688 when it was 560 even with the coming of the railways.
On the left are the old railway buildings now the 'Spindle Crafts' tea room and crafts shop. Straight ahead is the Victoria Hotel pub.  So much choice in a small area for a drink.  If we had been at the end of a walk the choice would have been the tea room but as it was the middle of the day
we choice the Victoria to slake our thirst with Jennings beer.
The gate by the pub leads to the railway station which originally opened in 1849 when the rolling stock was a step away, rather than a large step up as today, hence the portable steps for those who require them.
Any sign of a train?  This is a request stop only, a raised raised from the platform and the train will stop, although the drivers are always alert to passenger.  When a family with children took them from outside the pub just to watch the train coming we joined them so there was quite a crowd on the platform and the train
stopped.  I hope the driver was not too disappointed because nobody was boarding.  In its brief stop I managed to get part of the mural on the side (only a few of the local trains have these). It is advertising the National Railway Museum in York with a picture of the Mallard, holder of the world speed record for a Steam Train.  So much prettier than the sprinter train it appears on.
 As it turned out this was the perfectly themed headgear for this particular hot sunny day.
The signal man's duty over he comes down the steps, I'm going to take you over the crossing, through the gate and down the lane.
Passing the lazy bull, happily on the other side of the fence
And past the site of what was the Royal Ordnance Factory in World War Two, which  produced TNT.  Today it is a Low Level Waste Repository for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority while they wonder what to do with it, there is a few million years to decide.
Through the path's new gate with is wonderfully rounded sandstone weight to ensure it closes after walkers pass through
Eventually reaching the beach which on this day seemed to be popular with sea fishermen, as this remote corner has been for centuries, and noted in times past for its fisheries and mussel beds. We stopped by the sand dunes to have lunch before walking further up the coast to Seascale where we would take the train back home passing, but not stopping, at Drigg.

An  entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet this week sojourning at D here


Leslie: said...

For a small place, there's lots to see there. I'll have to look on the map for it.

abcw team

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the place. It has an old world charm.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

splendid meander through the lovely village of Drigg.

Roger Owen Green said...

Love the old RR building. Plus a new word!
ROG, ABC Wednesday

Gerald (SK14) said...

Great photo of the bull. Good to see the station is still open even if nobody gets on.

Carver said...

Fantastic post for D. I enjoyed the look at this interesting place. Great scenery and town. I always enjoy seeing animals too.

Susan Moore said...

I enjoyed your Drigg dawdle very much! The place has a lot of character, lovely photos!