My Solway Shore Stories deal mainly – but not excusively – with the southern side of the Solway Firth, and several of them are illustrated with aerial photos taken by Simon Ledingham from his gyrocopter.
It’s a pleasure, then, to see the recent films commissioned by the Solway Firth Partnership through their Making the Most of the Coast project, “to promote the variety and beauty of the Dumfries and Galloway Coast”. The SFP, which is based in Dumfries on the northern, Scottish, side of the Firth deals with cross-border matters to do with the sea and its coast – for example, fisheries and conservation – and runs the excellent (and free to everyone) annual conference about matters relating to the Firth. The next conference is in Carlisle on November 14th, and information about the conference and programme can be found here.
The film maker was Colin Tennant, and he explains that the project “project used state-of-the-art ‘quad copter’ technology to capture stunning aerial video footage of the beaches and coastline of Dumfries & Galloway, providing a unique view of the region”.
All the films are on the SFP’s YouTube channel, and The Solway from the Sky film is especially good in giving you an idea of some of the coastline on the North side of the Firth.
A rather different perspective – from rail-track level – of the flat and industrial part of the coast from Workington to Maryport can be seen from the cab of a train (you might want to skip to about 4’30” into the video, unless you’re a train-spotter): the last train to run the special ‘Floodex’ service from the North side of Workington in the aftermath of the 2009 flood which washed away the bridge over the River Derwent. It’s all very different from the images of the Upper Solway!