Barrow-in-Furness Destination Guide

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Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria) Seaside, Coast and Beaches

Barrow-in-Furness, commonly known as Barrow, is a town in Cumbria. At the tip of the Furness peninsula, close to the Lake District, on the north-western edge of Morecambe Bay, south of the Duddon Estuary and east of the Irish Sea.

The town is sheltered from the Irish Sea by Walney Island, a 22.5 km (14 mile) long island connected to the mainland by a bridge. Other islands which lie close to Barrow are Piel Island, whose castle protected the harbour, Sheep Island, Roa Island and Foulney Island. Walney Island hosts a number of beaches but as the town sits on a peninsula all 3 sides host some beaches.

Barrow has played a vital role in global ship and submarine construction for over 125 years. Although it is at the end of a peninsula, Barrow is only around 20 minutes from the Lake District, and has been referred to as a "gateway to the lakes" and "where the lakes meets the sea".

Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria Coast Map


Want some ideas on where to visit?

Every favourite location must be visited for the first time. Want some ideas, why not check out the below small selection of coastal locations, including beaches, activities, things to see and do, and places to stay and eat:

Biggar Bank Beach

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Furness Abbey

Piel Castle

Bardsea Beach

Sandy Gap Beach

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Barrow lifeboat station

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Askam-in-Furness Beach

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Newbiggin Beach

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Earnse Bay Beach

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Roanhead (Sandscale) Beach

Aldingham Beach

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