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Halleypike Lough

By Nigeve1
Halleypike Lough stands about 1.5 miles north of Sewingshields Crags on Hadrians Wall. It is surrounded by the desolate beauty of the Border Mires and by Coniferous Forest to the North. A public footpath runs from Sewingshields Crags but it is little used and relatively few visit this area. The lough is fished and contains a population of White Clawed Crayfish, which is a rare species in Northumberland ( and increasingly elsewhere ). Nearby is Folly Lake, the margins of which are wooded, and has a completely different feel to the bleak beauty of Halleypike (images to follow).

Tags: Landscape and travel

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 6:17AM
A location I know very well, and one which I have many fond memories off. You have captured both the beauty and the ruggedness of this beautiful Northumbrian landscape perfectly.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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3 Mar 2014 8:00AM
What's the wood?

Bleak beauty indeed, very Northumbrian. Not too many ice-cream vans around those parts, I reckon.Smile
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 8:08AM

Quote:What's the wood?

A pile of old Railway sleepers, obviously waiting to be used for some purpose. I have not been to this location before and found it rather difficult to get a composition, these were the only option around for some foreground interest.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 8:34AM
This really is what we stayed Oop North for in the 1970s, when we could have moved elsewhere after graduation. Wide open, empty, silent space.
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 8:56AM

Quote:This really is what we stayed Oop North for in the 1970s, when we could have moved elsewhere afdidn't enuation. Wide open, empty, silent space.

I agree, Moira. This area North of the Wall is difficult to beat, walked for two hours yesterday and didn't see another soul. Only the Skylarks for company, they have started rising early this Spring.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 10:34AM
Great landscape capture Nigel, like the led in with the railway sleepersSmile

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2014 11:28AM
I love the lead in and the way the light looks like the sleepers were painted.
The colour is very gentle and appealing in this well balanced landscape.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
3 Mar 2014 11:45AM
A picturesque part of the wall but not visited by many. Often a bit clarty out there.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
3 Mar 2014 11:53AM
I like the clarity in this one. - gary
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Mar 2014 2:30PM
Wild and wooly countryside-- Love it!
Lovely shot - looks pretty cold though!!!

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