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The sun sets while shining on The Rising Sun; public house - a.k.a. "The Middle".

A linear village

Haverigg is a 'linear' village with the not surprisingly-named 'Main Street' running through it. With a pub at either end and one in the 'middle', the village has grown and declined leaving 'The Harbour' and 'The Middle' at one end as the remaining public watering holes. 'The Jack Russell' was near the junction of Town Head and the Star Inn at the North Lane end of Green Street. However, Haverigg Working Mens Club, along with the Ski Bar towards Steel Green, also offer liquid refreshment.

With the River Lazy, a.k.a. 'Haverigg Pool' running alongside the aptly-named 'Poolside', the sea has had a strong influence on the village right from the start. Apart from the aforementioned watering holes, Haverigg has few shops left; with the convenience store and chippy at the 'busy' end of the village and the Post Office cum shop cum bike shop cum fishing tackle shop nearer the middle of the village. 'Midtown Farm' is a clue-giving name and the 'top end' of the village is considerably more farming than fishing. Nowadays, the significant farming is wind with Haverigg being one of the country's first wind farms built with a herd of five turbines.

A significant development

Haverigg's farming took a turn for the peculiar when the R.A.F. invaded. The long and straight North Lane headed straight for RAF MILLOM boasting the usual airfield configuration of a triangle of runways. Operated as a training school, it wasn't without its losses of aircraft on the overbearing 1970 feet high Black Combe. This problem also spawned the RAF into creating a rescue team - hence Millom Fell Rescue Team was born and most likely to be the first in the country. Now merged with a team in Furness to form the Duddon & Furness MRT.

After the requirement for aircrew tailed off, the airfield fell into disuse until the Ministry of Justice found a use for the old buildings. Now the home of HMP Haverigg, Over the years, the prison has been modernised with new buildings which still occupies part of the old airfield.

With the growth in popularity of wind farming, a second, larger herd of turbines has been added. These have multiplied such that the area is now host to a rash of the things on nearby fell-tops and now they seem to be particularly prevalent and thriving out to sea where some of the biggest varieties can be seen. One small seed in Haverigg and now the whole country's set for the invasion.

The current scene

Haverigg's farming and fishing continues to some degree. To the mix has been added tourism; but not on a scale competing with Blackpool. Haverigg remains a quiet village for tourists wishing to enjoy a tranquil break on the edge of the Lake District. While the Lake District sees tranquillity-hunters gather en-masse, the Haverigg/Millom peninsular offers its own unique twist on tranquillity. The once vast sandy beach is currently undergoing remodelling on a scale Man would not attempt. If nothing else, it's keeping the cartographers busy as the new bar grows up the Duddon Estuary. A place of childhood fondness; soft sand dunes and mega-acres of flat, featureless sand beds, recent visits have been a complete revelation. A grassed beach was certainly a surprise. Still, the dunes and beach offers seaside enjoyment - enhanced by the services of the Beach Café and the children's play areas; one of which occupied the long-gone solar-powered paddling pool. Ok, it had a matt-black surface right up to the edging wall which got bl**dy hot for bare skin!

Between Millom & Haverigg lies Steel Green and Hodbarrow. Once home to some mega-mining for high-grade iron ore, little of that remains and the area has naturalised into nature reserves; in one case, with a little encouragement from the RSPB. Ideal for nature walks - encouraged by visiting the bird hide; or for the industrial archaeologists to spot the odd fragment i.e. broken bricks, bits of railway line; remnants from a past hive of activity. While much of that is down to fragments, there are the odd bits that remain and are somewhat preserved.

One piece of the old mining industry remains completely intact and, while it is likely to be the single largest piece of construction in connection with the mining activity, it is largely 'ignored'. The 'Sea Wall' - a.k.a. The Outer Barrier, at 1·3 miles long, 40 feet high and twice as wide was no mean feat of construction. It also has its own dedicated display in Millom Discovery Centre which is well worth a look in to kill a few hours on a rainy day.

Haverigg is also an ideal base for jaunts into the depths and heights of the Lake District or to rest and enjoy the tranquillity.