Most of Walney's coast consists of salt marshes and nature reserves, there being one at either end of the island.North Walney reserve is home to the natterjack toad, that rare breed that seems to love this area. We even have toad crossing signs.This reserve extends from the airfield to the very northen extremity of Walney and incorporates some...more
Naturally, being an island, there are going to be beaches on Walney. On the west are long, sandy, flat beaches interspersed with patches of stone, with stoney bankings. These stone bankings are a real sun trap on a hot, still day. When the wind's blowing, build yourself a windbreak from the stones.On the east is Walney channel and the salt marshes....more
Walney channel has a public slipway for boat launching. There is also one at Earnsie Bay and small boats can be launched from any of the beaches. You have to bear in mind that once the tide starts to recede, it goes out a heck of a long way and if you have no means of transporting your boat across the sand, then it is extremely hard work. Some folk...more
OCT 2009 UPDATE: THIS PLACE HAS HAD A COMPLETE REFURB AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME OF BEING CLOSED. WE ATE HERE AT THE WEEKEND, wondering what to expect, remembering better times a few years ago when we used to eat here regularly.The interior is very smart but comfortable looking, with a nice slate floor around the bar area. There is ample seating in...more
when visiting walney especially for the beach I would recomend service 6/6A running to the West Shore area from Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow Town hall, also picking up from the bridge next to barrow railway station its a good access route.20 minute service, normally at .00 .20 and .40 or there abouts off barrow town hall and 15 and 45 in the...more
As I've said, Walney is at the end of the A590. As if that isn't daunting enough, there is only one access point to Walney, a two laned lifting bridge across Walney channel. This narrow channel seperates Walney from industrial Barrow and can actually look quite picturesque on a good day when the tide's in. The bridge was built in 1908 after...more
The wonderful dark blue buses of my childhood, with colour-coded destination blinds, are a distant memory now. Once, at the start and end of each working day, all town bus routes were suspended and everything was dedicated to shifting workers to and from the shipyard. Now the shipyard is all but defunct.more
The dreaded windmills have arrived offshore from Walney. A large windfarm, that the majority of local people did not want, is straight out on the horizon from Walney's beaches. OK., interesting to look at through the binoculars but what a blot on the landscape.
Would you believe you can actually hear these things from the shore?? When the tide is out and it's a calm day, the noise is quite something. I would hate to think what it sounded like if you lived close to these things.
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...more
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...more
We have an old air rifle that Philip has become very interested in. When we wild camp on Walney, it's an ideal spot for him to practise his shooting. A nice level, grassy area where he can set himself up with targets constructed from plastic bottles full ofwater. Needless to say, he is only allowed to shoot when no-one else is in the vicinity and...more
Walney faces west so naturally it gets some decent sunsets.In the warm summer months, when the water has had weeks of warming up, what better way to spend an evening by having a dip, a BBQ and watching the sun go down. The best swimming is when the tide is well on it's way in and just before the water starts to cover the steeply shelving stones....more