Leading Light

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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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!

Rampside ‘Sands’
April 25, 2009, 4:24 pm
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Rampside - near the beacon

Rampside - near the beacon

The coastline¬†surrounding ¬†the beacon is an area that forms tiny grassy ‘islands’ when the tide is high. Slightly further north (within walking distance) this section of coast does live up to its name – Rampside Sands.¬† This photo was taken in late January 2009.

The beacon at Rampside
April 23, 2009, 7:09 am
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the beacon at Rampside (Leading Light No.4)

This photo shows the elegant, Victorian beacon at Rampside. It was one of 13 navigation lights built between 1850 and 1870. This is the only remaining brick example. It isn’t a lighthouse (though often referred to as such) – it is ‘Leading Light Number 4″

Here’s the map reference if you want to visit – SD 242662. Information about Rampside and the nearby area is available in a leaflet entitled ‘Historical Guide’, available from Rampside Village Hall.