Stage 4: Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness — Cumbria Coastal Way
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
The Furness Peninsula is revealed in all its glory on this stage of the Cumbria Coastal Way. En route to the industrial town of Barrow you discover Roa Island, tethered to the land by a causeway and the vibrant Roosecote Sands, a popular roosting site for all manner of birdlife.
From Ulverston, take the canal towpath back to the shoreline, which you follow south west for the next 13 miles (21 km). Conishead Priory and the Manjushri Buddhist Centre make for an interesting detour. You pass through Sea Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). A lack of grazing animals has left it with a superbly diverse array of flora.
Depending on the state of the tide you can either ramble along the shorefront or use the coastal road as you make your way through Aldingham, Newbiggin and Rampside. The intriguing spectacle of Roa Island is next and there’s the option to take a ferry to the atmospheric castle ruins on Piel Island. It’s a fantastic place to watch for terns.
After Roa Island, you head north west, with the industrial sites of Barrow on the right and the dynamic Roosecote Sands on your left. Along with Walney Nature Reserve and Cavendish Dock, Roosecote Sands forms part of a SSSI due to its birdlife and interesting geology. The route turns into the town of Barrow, where there are many hotels and amenities.
January 28, 2021