Solway Firth, Saltmarshes and Mudflats

Solway Firth, Saltmarshes and Mudflats, England

This morning, we undertook an approximately 8 mile walking tour using Burgh by Sands, England as  start and finish points. This entailed an interesting diversity of sites including:

  • the local church which stands on the site of the Roman fort of Aballava and was constructed using stones salvaged from the Roman wall and fort;
  • a path which follwed the line of Hadrian’s Wall;
  • the tidal, River Eden with its associated wildlife;
  • a water meadow; and
  • interesting village architecture including an example of a house built from clay (clay dabbin), using a procedure dating from the Viking era.

In the late afternoon, I paid a visit to the nearby Solway Firth which comprises extensive mudflats and saltmarshes which provides very rich grazing pastures for sheep and cattle and is home to a wide variety of birdlife. These mudflats and marshes have been designated a Special Area of Conservation.

St Michael's Church, Burgh by Sands

St Michael’s Church, Burgh by Sands, England

Entrance to St Michael's Churchj

Entrance to St Michael’s Churchj, Burgh by Sands

Sheep on Hadrian's Wall Path

Sheep on Hadrian’s Wall Path, England

Hadrian's Wall Path, Burgh by Sands

Hadrian’s Wall Path, Burgh by Sands, Scotland

English Farmyard, Beaumont

English Farmyard, Beaumont, England

River Eden nr Beaumont

River Eden nr Beaumont, England

Landscape nr Burgh by Sands

Landscape nr Burgh by Sands, England

Clay Dabbin House, Burgh-by-Sands, England

Solway Firth View

Solway Firth View, England

Solway Firth Grazing and Birdlife

Solway Firth Grazing and Birdlife, England

Overall, a very successful day affording lots of photo opps. However, we did get utterly soaked during our morning walk due to persistent rain.

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