Do The "Rollo Run"
I'm not sure about the history of the Rollo Run, but for as long as I've been old enough to drink alcohol I've known of the tradition. Popular for stag nights, works parties, birthdays and general Big Nights Out the Rollo Run is a pub crawl along one of the most heavily bar-populated streets in Barrow: Rawlinson Street.
This Barrovian initiation into the World of Alcohol used to be quite a challange involving a pint in every one of the thirteen pubs along the street. Now, however, most of the pubs have closed and there are now only seven watering holes along the way. Nevertheless, Barrovians still take on the Rollo Run with gusto for all kinds of event, although they now usually remain standing to carry on to Cornwallis Street or The Boat (The Princess Selandia) at the end.
I've completed the Rollo Run twice in my drinking lifetime and both times, I'm pleased to say, I reached the end still vertical!
You can do the Rollo Run starting from either end of the street, either going from The Queens to Dominix to The Rams Head to The Last Orders to The Blue Lamp to The Peacock and finally to The Duke of Edinburgh or Vice Versa. The Queens and The Duke both have regular live music from local bands so either way you start & finish with a lively atmosphere. The Peacock is a Karaoke bar for a little variety!
Be warned - none of these bars are glamorous or cool - the wallpaper is peeling and the toilet doors don't lock - but for a true taste of the Barrovian drinking culture this challange is well worth the hangover!!
Roa Island and Foulney island
Roa Island is a small community in Barrow, with pop. around 100. It's attached to the village of Rampside by a mile long causeway. This causeway road leads to the coast and the end of the line. Here, there is a pretty swish, newish lifeboat station, looking out onto Piel Channel, Piel Island and Walney Island. A ferry, which is nothing grander than a very small boat with an outboard, transports tourists and locals across the water to Piel Island, where they can explore the remains of Piel Castle and have a drink at the pub. A pleasant summer's day outing.
At Roa Island, there is also the boat club, a cafe and a pub. Oh, and some new, very swish (according to Nick) public toilets. A popular spot with the boating brigade.
Foulney Island, just off Roa Island, is little more than a stony spit stretching into the channnel, usually cut off from the mainland at high tide. It is a nature reserve where breeding terns, plovers, oyster-catchers and eiders congregate. There is a parking area here, from which you can walk along the spit.
home is where the heart is
barrow is ok there is things to do but not much. but as they say home is where the heart is. i have lived here all my life and i love it.the place, a wee town next to the sea, this wee town boast many attractions to the traveller. i hope to enlighten you a little bit. home%*
Barrow in Furness
I've not visited the town itself, which is a busy submarine- and ship-building port south of the Lake District.
Though this gruff, industrial town seems divorced from the sublime countryside of the Lakeland fells, it was a haunt of William Wordsworth's who visited the famous abbey ruins here.