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A weekend of heritage walks in Copeland

St Bees Head Fog Signal Station

As part of Heritage Open Days the National Trust are organising two free guided walks in Copeland, aimed at getting people out and exploring somewhere a little different in their local area.

On Saturday 14th September people are invited to discover the hidden histories of the archaeology above Ennerdale. The walk will start with a gradual climb across the open fell to the earthworks showing the abandoned settlement at Kinnisidewill.

Ranger Chris Gomersall will be leading the walk and hopes to be able to show people views right out over the coast. Chris has worked here for many years and will be able to share with you not only the archaeology and natural history but also the stories of life as a ranger in Ennerdale and on the coast.

Away from the fells, the coastal and mining history comes under the spotlight on Sunday 15th September with a walk from the old Haig Pit site along to the St Bees Head Fog Signal Station. This 8 mile walk along the coast will tell you about the industrial history that has shaped this coastline and continues to do so today. St Bees Head Fog Signal Station is the venue for lunch with a chance to look inside this normally closed building which perches precipitously on St Bees Head.

Sophie Badrick, Colourful Coast Project Officer, said: “We love being able to help people get to areas they wouldn’t normally explore, whether it’s a walk on less well trodden paths or seeing inside a building you’ve walked past many times but never been in. Heritage Open Days gives us a chance to be part of a national inititative to help do this.”

Places for each walk are limited and booking is essential, please email [email protected] for more information

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