15th June 2019
Although on the return journey we only had an overnight stop at Carnforth, we did spend 3 days here on our way north. Its a useful stop for supplies as there is a large Tesco near the canal and a range of independent shops in the town. Its also useful for its travel connections with trains not only running North to South but East over the pennines to Skipton and Leeds as well.
The station at Carnforth is interesting in its self as the station tea room was featured in the 1945 film Brief Encounter. The Tea Room and the famous clock has been fully restored to its 1940's former glory and has a superb range of home made food and hot beverages. There is also a small museum here.
While we were here we took the train to Ravenglass and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. This is a narrow gauge railway which runs from Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park) across the estuary and through the hills to Dalegarth and the foot of the Scarfell Range of mountains. The journey to Ravenglass itself took one and three quarter hours but was an experience in itself as some of the track skirts around the Lancashire coastline! Here we had a brief encounter of our own as we met David and Diane Smith from Suffolk who were on holiday in their caravan and who are subscribers of our YouTube channel!
We leave Carnforth and travel south approx 3 miles to Hest Bank. As the Lancashire coast is never very far away we experience some fabulous views as we head towards Hest Bank and Morcambe Bay.
We moor here for the next four days even though we spent nearly a week here on our way North and we manage to catch up with those cheeky Foxes Afloat on NB Silverfox!!