Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand (day out)

A grand day out in grand scenery with grand old boys playing on their grand old toys. Ravenglass is a scenic train journey from Hexham where the Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway is but a short walk from the full scale equivalent.  Ravenglass village is down the hill from the railway stations and is surrounded by a natural harbour formed by the River Esk estuary.

I cannot imagine buying one of these properties much as I would like to live by the sea; it seems a remarkable act of faith. The high street leads to a dead end, the sea ramp and gate which prevents salty water invading the village on spring tides. I found this on the village forum which gives some idea of the potential problems:

Noted with satisfaction that the Parish Council’s work had considerably improved the usefulness of the sea ramp, but Mrs Pharaoh reported that vehicles were often parked on it. The Parish Council had been asked last year to take measures to forbid parking on the ramp. The Chairman commented that regulations were useless without enforcement. If Copeland Borough Council were asked to send its enforcement team, some of its enforcement might be unwelcome to residents. Members pointed out that the yellow lines between Ashley Cottage and the sea gate no longer had legal force, since the area was now a designated Residents’ Parking Area. Parish Council members present agreed to remind the Council of the problem”.

Mrs Pharaoh – what a grand name and I feel sure, a force to be reckoned with:

On the sands at RavenglassOn the sands at RavenglassOn the sands at RavenglassRavenglass RailwayRavenglass Railway

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  1. LaVagabonde · December 8, 2013

    Sea ramp. Yikes! Did you use an infrared filter on these? Very dramatic. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · December 8, 2013

      About 60% nature and 40% OnOne 🙂 There was a very dark sky inland and a low sun out across the Solway Firth so it was a fairly dramatic afternoon.

  2. doublewhirler · December 8, 2013

    Clever play on “grand”. Nice pics too.

    • northumbrianlight · December 8, 2013

      For me, “Grand” is synonymous with Wallace & Gromit, so an obvious choice for me 🙂

  3. Tina Schell · December 8, 2013

    I absolutely love your photos of the town and the sea – very nicely done. What a strange place to build a town tho! Excellent post!

    • northumbrianlight · December 8, 2013

      Many thanks Tina – blame it on the Romans – it is the site of a Roman fort dating from circa 100 AD.

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  5. meticulousmick · December 8, 2013

    Lovely images as per normal Robin, MM 🍀

    • northumbrianlight · December 8, 2013

      Many thanks Mick – I get inspired when there is steam about 🙂

  6. suej · December 8, 2013

    Grand images, Robin… 🙂

  7. Cate Franklyn · December 8, 2013

    Luv, luv luv these. Black and white always is so dramatic.

  8. zark66 · December 8, 2013

    Wow, Robin, great photos! 😉

  9. restlessjo · December 8, 2013

    What a lovely place. Many years ago I had a ride on that railway but I don’t remember the surrounds too well.

  10. northumbrianlight · December 9, 2013

    It is a grand journey but like lots of these small railways, it could do with being about ten miles longer 😦

  11. frizztext · December 9, 2013

    perfect B&W photography!

  12. Sreejith Nair · December 12, 2013

    Splendid shots…

    • northumbrianlight · December 13, 2013

      Many thanks and thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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