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Good Morning Everyone,

I must apologise for my lack of contributions to TE in the last week or so. It seems to happen every year that, just before Christmas, my work load and responsibilities become extreme. Anyway, a less busy day will allow me to catch up!

Please click here to see the much larger, clearer version.

My photograph shows a view from the top of Honister Pass, in the Lake District, which I took on a TE Meeting.

Here, you can see the results of the work at the Honister Slate Mine, which is the last working slate mine in England. These are huge slabs of slate and it is here that quarrying for Westmorland green slate has been taken place since 1728.

Honister slate is a distinctive green slate, though Lakeland slate comes in a variety of shades and colours. It is a strong and durable material, excellent for roofs , and also for floors and walls.

Because of its location, it has always be difficult to distribute the slate. Before the opening of the Furness Railway in 1846, the slate was taken by packhorse over the western edge of Great Gable and Wasdale, for loading onto boats at Ravenglass.

I have found this recent video, taken by a drone, of the pass here, . It is well worth watching as it reveals the majesty of the area and its extreme location.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9503 W: 373 N: 21998] (86438)
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