Yes, Walney really does have an airfield!!
Situated at the north end of Walney, right by the coast, it belongs to BAE. Systems, Barrow's largest employer.
The Lakes Gliding Club operates from here at the weekends, weather permitting. It's great to watch the gliders while you are on the beach. It does have me worried sometimes, knowing these beasts have no engines and are purely relying on the air flows.
Many years ago a friend of mine had flying lessons from here and gained her Private Pilot's Licence. Small aircraft still fly from here and BAE operate flights to other parts of Great Britain.
- Hang Gliding
I'm not sure how long kite surfing has been popular at Earnsie Bay, on Walney but I know for the last couple of years at least, heats of the kite surfing championship have been held here.It is also home to Northwestkitesurfing and looks as though the sport is definitely gaining popularity.
The beach is ideal, with vast expanses of flat sandy beach and conditions are usually fairly windy.
We went alng recently to see what was goping on and were really surprised to find it a big affair, with many kiters as well as spectators. The sea was fairly alive with all the surfers to-ing and fro-ing. Not being an expert, I really couldn't see how this could be judged!
Equipment: Boards and kites!
For more info, please look at the website below.