We have an old air rifle that Philip has become very interested in. When we wild camp on Walney, it's an ideal spot for him to practise his shooting. A nice level, grassy area where he can set himself up with targets constructed from plastic bottles full ofwater. Needless to say, he is only allowed to shoot when no-one else is in the vicinity and all targets are put in our rubbish bag and taken home when finished with. He is getting to be a really good shot; so much so that Nick splashed out on a new air rifle. It has yet to be tried...!!!!
Fondest memory: Allowing Philip to enjoy himself (and challenge himself) with a real activity that is so often unavailable to his age group.
Walney faces west so naturally it gets some decent sunsets.
In the warm summer months, when the water has had weeks of warming up, what better way to spend an evening by having a dip, a BBQ and watching the sun go down.
The best swimming is when the tide is well on it's way in and just before the water starts to cover the steeply shelving stones. Otherwise, it can be a long walk out to the sea, where it can be rather breezy.
Fondest memory: My earlier memories of Walney are when the open-air swimming pool was in operation and very popular. This was located at Biggar Bank, above the beach and we would spend hours here.
When I was 9 or 10 and the swimming pool had closed, straight after school we would all collect our swimming things and a picnic and head to Biggar Bank beach to while away a few hours.
More recently, we free camped on the beach one glorious day in August, swam, boated, fished and sat round a camp fire as the sun went down. Fantastic.