Leading Light

Roa Island Lifeboat Station
March 25, 2010, 11:31 pm
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Barrow Lifeboat Station (Roa Island)

RNLI Lifeboat Station at Roa Island

Barrow Lifeboat station (located at Roa Island) is the busiest of the 4 RNLI stations in Cumbria. It is built on concrete stilts because the tides can be very high on this coast.


Roa Island Wreck
March 24, 2010, 5:46 pm
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abandoned wreck at the side of the Roa Island causeway

abandoned wreck - approaching Roa Island

Someone has named this boat Petal – I wonder if that was her name when she was seaworthy? Abandoned, and resembling the carcass of a dead whale, she now provides a sad but fascinating composition for passing photographers. The location is the beach at the side of the Roa Island causeway – approaching Roa village.

Guided walk from Walney to Piel
September 13, 2009, 9:24 pm
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the walk from Walney Island to Piel Island

guided walk to Piel from Snab Point (Walney Island)

John – the ferryman
June 12, 2009, 8:01 am
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John - skipper of the Piel ferry

John - skipper of the Piel ferry

John is also a local taxi driver, and he’s the man to see if you have an enamel bath requiring restoration!

June 3, 2009, 7:50 am
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Old Tom

Old Tom, waiting to be rowed back to his boat after a Piel visit


Rampside Red
May 10, 2009, 12:31 am
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Royal Mail red looks so vibrant in the afternoon sun. The beacon looks like a pencil in the sand from this viewpoint.

Rampside postbox

Fresh air and open spaces
May 4, 2009, 7:19 pm
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Roa Island lifeboat station and ferry pier
April 28, 2009, 10:29 pm
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Roa Island lifeboat station

 this is the 5th Roa Island lifeboat station. The first was built in 1864 and this one was opened in 2001. The pier is where the Piel Island ferry (12 passengers max) arrives and departs. Be careful in high winds – on our last visit a resident told us that she was blown off!


Leading Light No. 4 (Rampside Beacon)
April 27, 2009, 4:20 pm
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Rampside beacon

Another shot of Rampside’s wonderful ‘listed’ beacon – taken in late January’s afternoon sun. The tower is 46 ft high and I estimate it to be about 5 feet square. On the side facing Piel, the bricks have been rendered with a white coating (now quite flaky) which makes it stand out so well in the sunlight.

When I was at Rampside in April 2009 (I stopped at Clarke’s Hotel which provided a view of the beacon from the bedroom window) the light didn’t appear to be working – although most accounts say that it still flashes. That’s a piece of research for my next visit. I’ll report back!

the ferryman begins his day
April 26, 2009, 10:57 am
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starting the day

starting the day

Try not to panic when the ferryman arrives and picks up a tiny rowing boat which he carries down the jetty! His beetle-like shell is NOT your conveyance to Piel Island. He’s about to row out to where the real ferry is moored. ‘Enterprise 2’ – a far less alarming prospect – will be with you shortly.