THORNY NOOK - Walney Island

The Pictures below highlight one of the biggest dangers to Walney-Island, that of erosion. Erosion takes place at many places on Walney's coast line, but the most severely affected areas are on the west coast, one of them being that Earnse Point  and the other between Thorny Nook (as shown in the pictures below) to just beyond Hillock Whins. For more on Walney Island erosion (click here)

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The pictures below show what is known to locals as 'Walney's Petrified Forest', but in reality it isn't petrified at all as the stumps take on a fibrous peat like formation rather than rock. The changing climate and altering Irish Sea tides are responsible for eroding Walney-Island and uncovering the stumps, at low tide, and which have more than likely not seen daylight for in excess of 10,000 years. This primeval marvel can be found a few hundred yards from Thorny Nook car park at the foot of the Low Cliff's area. The forest is believed to be part of an immense ancient forest covering a large area of Furness and it's surrounding areas, other discoveries of the forest have been made at St. Bees, and in several other places along the Lancashire coast.

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