3rd December 2006

Stormy seas at Whitehaven


Walk Overview
Time Morning
Duration 1 hr
Distance -
Ascent -
Walking with On my own
A circuit of Whitehaven harbour
Fells visited
Directory places visited


With gale force winds at ground level and 100mph winds forecast on the tops this was definitely not a day for the fells. So I settled for a short walk from home instead. You'll have to forgive the angle of some of the pictures. It was quite difficult to stand up straight never mind take a level photo.

It looked as though the tide was on its way out when I got here, but I still managed to get a spectacular show of just how powerful the sea can be.

The next six pictures were taken from the higher ground near the south pier. It was a good job there's a small wall along here otherwise I wouldn't had been able to hold the camera steady at all.


Looking across to the north pier from the same spot.




After leaving the southern end of the harbour I walked across to the new (ish) dock gates which you can use to walk from one side of the harbour to the other. On route to the gates you get this view back towards the town. At one time Whitehaven was the second largest sea port in England, after Liverpool, but for geographical reasons the harbour was unable to expand much bigger than its current size and through time gradually fell into decline. During its heyday however, it is said that the port would be so full of sailing ships that you could walk from one side of the harbour to the other without getting your feet wet, by walking across the rows of ships. This photo only shows the middle third of the harbour, so to having the whole place packed full of sailing ships must have been quite a thing to see.

The lighthouse on the end of the north pier. The date just below the top is 1841. Notice the height of the wave behind the lighthouse.

And the one on the south pier.

Waves rolling in on the north shore.

And looking across to the piers from the same place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks