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Stage 3: Dalton to Piel Castle — Cistercian Way

Stage 3: Dalton to Piel Castle — Cistercian Way

Difficult
06:18
15.1 mi
2.4 mph
450 ft
525 ft
Ferry
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

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Includes ferry crossings

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2 in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.94 mi
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Furness Abbey

Hiking Highlight

7.82 mi
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Rampside

Hiking Highlight

8.76 mi
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Roa Island

Hiking Highlight

9.65 mi
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Piel Castle

Hiking Highlight

12.9 mi
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Roosecote Sands

Hiking Highlight

15.1 mi
Destination

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Mountain Hiking Path: 257 yd
Hiking Path: < 109 yd
Path: 7.14 mi
Street: 1.70 mi
Road: 4.76 mi
State Road: < 109 yd
Ferry: 1.27 mi

Surfaces

Natural: < 109 yd
Unpaved: 0.66 mi
Paved: 4.72 mi
Asphalt: 2.90 mi
Unknown: 6.76 mi

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Alex Foxfield planned a hike.

February 5, 2021

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  • Alex Foxfield

    The final stage visits the impressive ruins of Furness Abbey, once a grand Cistercian abbey second in wealth and influence only to Yorkshire’s Fountains Abbey. The pilgrimage continues to the islands of Roa (via a causeway) and Piel (via a ferry), which were important for the Cistercians’ trade route to the Isle of Man. The ruins of Piel Castle are a fitting end to your journey.

    Although the Cistercian Way officially ends on Roa Island, there is little by way of accommodation and no public transport links. I have plotted a continuation of the route to finish in the town of Barrow-in-Furness, via the beautiful Roosecote Sands.

    To start your journey, head south on minor roads and footpaths to reach the medieval ruins of Furness Abbey. The site contains five Grade I-listed structures and is a wonderful window into the wealth and power that once resided here. The ruins are constructed completely from local sandstone — some towering to 131 feet (40 m) — and look particularly grand at sunrise or sunset.

    After the abbey, you continue south towards the coast at Rampside. First you pass through the village of Leece with its pretty tarn and the church of St Michael. From Rampside, take the causeway across to Roa Island. The island has about 100 permanent inhabitants and boasts a café.

    The ferry to Piel Island leaves between 11am and 4:30pm from April to September. For more information, check pielisland.co.uk. On Piel island, The Ship Inn serves food, though advance booking is highly recommended. The castle ruins are a photogenic sight, surrounded by the sea and with the South Lakeland fells visible on a clear day.

    Return to the mainland via the ferry and the causeway. A path along the shoreline takes you to Roosecote Sands, where birds can often be seen on a number of rocky protrusions. Follow the path into the outskirts of Barrow. The town has a number of accommodation options and is on the Furness railway line, with links to Dalton, Ulverston, Grange and Lancaster.

    • February 8, 2021

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Alex Foxfield

Stage 3: Dalton to Piel Castle — Cistercian Way