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Drigg is a village situated in the civil parish of Drigg and Carleton on the West Cumbria coast of the Irish Sea and on the boundary of the Lake District National Park in the Borough of Copeland in the county of Cumbria, England.
Drigg and Carleton parish comprises the areas and settlements of Drigg, Stubble Green, Low Moor, Carleton, Saltcoats, Maudsyke, Wray Head, Hallsenna, Holmrook.
Drigg sits to the north of the River Irt, with Carleton to the south of the river. The river runs from Wastwater lake to the Irish Sea. There are three bridges over the river in the parish; the main bridge is in Holmrook which takes the A595 road over the river. The Cumbrian Coast Line railway crosses the River Irt at the head of the tidal estuary where the Irt joins the River Mite at Ravenglass. There is an old small packhorse bridge in the Drigg Holmes which does not take vehicles.
The parish has many areas of natural beauty and interest: the sandy beach and dunes, Hallsenna Moor and Drigg Holmes. In particular part of the dunes are an important bird reserve, a Local Nature Reserve and an SSSI.
On 2 June 2010, Carleton became one of the settlements involved in a killing spree spanning Cumbria, when 52-year-old Derrick Bird shot and killed a person in the village.
Low Level Waste Repository
During WW2 a Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF Drigg) was established at Drigg between the railway line and the sea. This is now the site of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority low-level radioactive waste repository. The site, which was opened in 1959 by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, covers about 110 hectares (270 acres), and holds about one million cubic metres of radioactive waste, although historic disposal records are incomplete. Much of the waste came from the nearby Sellafield nuclear complex.
- "Low Level Waste Repository". NDA. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Terry Macalister (14 February 2009). "Can anyone recall what we put in our nuclear dump?". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
- Rob Edwards (20 April 2014). "Cumbrian nuclear dump 'virtually certain' to be eroded by rising sea levels". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
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