Formby Beach Walk

Seashell fragments leave wind trails in the sand on Formby Beach walk

Regular readers may be aware of our traditional anniversary walks. This year, with the move across the Pennines, we chose a Formby Beach walk, instead of our usual jaunt into the Yorkshire Dales. I’ve been visiting Formby Beach since my student days at Liverpool University, some 30 years ago, and I never tire of it.

In recent years, there has been an offshore wind farm added to the seaward horizon, where you can make out the Llŷn Peninsula of Wales (on a clear day). It’s a pretty huge wind farm.

Offshore Wind Farm near Liverpool

Although I very much enjoyed our Formby Beach walk, with excellent company (of course), as usual. I felt that there was something missing. Was I missing Yorkshire? Was it all too flat and windy? Was it the lack of sheep and stone barns? What was this nagging void?

A ship passes the offshore wind farm as it approaches Liverpool docks

… And then I realised it was the pie, chips and ale lunch.

2 thoughts on “Formby Beach Walk

  1. E.A.

    I thought you were going to comment that the giant wind turbines ruined the scenery, but apparently you’ve drunk that “clean” energy kool-aid. I can’t fathom how people put up with the cover stories for this growing blight.

  2. Keith Nuttall Post author

    Hi, E.A.
    I’m one of those people who aren’t offended by the sight of turbines. In fact, I think they look fine, especially out to sea, where there are stronger winds anyway. Aesthetically, I actually like them. Pragmatically, I like what they do: provide low-carbon renewable energy.
    Ideally, it would be great if the men and women in white coats got a move on and invented nuclear fusion reactors, which is the ultimate low-carbon energy, but without any of that nasty radioactive stuff. But, as always, we always seem to be ‘fifty years’ away.
    Meanwhile, PV roofing, wind and water turbines are becoming cheaper and more plentiful, and providing more of our greedy energy needs. All we need now are governments prepared to provide a level playing field by reducing big subsidies to old energy. Due to advances in technology and scale of production, green energy is already pretty cost effective, compared to unsubsidised fossil fuels. It can only get cheaper. It makes economic sense to go green. It also means there won’t be chaos when fossil fuels start to become more scarce and expensive.
    I’ve always struggled with the term ‘Kool Aid’. Not being American, it’s not part of my culture, although I understand it to mean something along the lines of ‘if you drink the Kool Aid you must be easily led’. Is that correct? In my case, being an engineer and a pragmatic person, I am not easily convinced of anything without seeing the proof of evidence. I can’t just take someone’s word for something. I need to see the ‘working out’ on paper.
    On the subject of ‘clean energy’, I’m totally convinced that we should further invest in renewable energy and break our reliance on fossil fuels for our future security (‘our’ meaning ‘the human race’). I came to that conclusion all by myself.

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