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North Walney National Nature Reserve

North Walney National Nature Reserve

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North Walney National Nature Reserve is a wild and windy coastal site featuring some nationally rare and important habitats such as sand dunes, dune heath, hay meadows, inter-tidal mud flats and salt marsh.

Main habitat: ungrazed saltmarsh, vegetated shingle, inter-tidal mudflats and 'scars', hay meadows, sand dunes and dune heath.

Features of interest:
North Walney is one of the best coastal nature reserves in the country, retaining a real wilderness feel in a largely industrial local landscape. With stunning mountain and sea views, this is the place to stretch your legs and 'get away from it all' - and there's always the chance you might spot some remarkable wildlife.

The reserve's most famous resident is the noisy natterjack toad. One of the UK's rarest amphibians, it is only found at around 40 sites in England. These nocturnal amphibians are rarely seen, but during the spring mating season, males can often be heard calling at dusk. The reserve is also a real haven for birdlife. From breeding wildfowl, to wintering waders, birds of prey and passing migrants, the reserve provides year-round interest to any naturalist.

An information booklet on the reserve can be downloaded via the eTour link above.

Children welcome

Access around the reserve: The rough terrain makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users. We recommend that visitors remain on the many paths and marked trails as the reserve lies on thin sandy soils which are easily eroded and damaged. A path directs visitors on a circular route through the reserve, taking in some of the best habitat and landscape features. A bench provides a well-earned resting spot half way along this route, and a chance to enjoy the impressive views. Three coloured way-marked routes direct visitors on walks of varying lengths through the NNR. These walks aim to show off the best sights and sounds that North Walney has to offer, whilst guiding visitors safely around the nature reserve. From 1 March through to 31 July, ground-nesting birds breed at North Walney. In order to minimise disturbance to these birds all members of the public are required to keep their dogs on a short lead (of no more than 2 metres) during these months, under the Countryside Rights of Way Act. Please take your dog's mess home and dispose of appropriately or deposit in bins at West Shore car park. A nice walk can be had on the intertidal area but you must check tide times before venturing out onto the intertidal area. Facilities: The nearest toilets are approximately 1 mile from the NNR, located on the public car park at West Shore (Earnse Bay).

Open all the time

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Free entry

Contact

Natural England

015395 31604

Address

West Shore Park,
Walney,
Barrow-in-Furness,
Cumbria

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SD 170720  Lat: 54.13760 Long: -3.27066

The reserve can be accessed on foot from Earnse Bay and is approximately 1.2km north of the car park and facilities found there.

Due to the remote nature of the site, North Walney can only be accessed by pedestrians. We regret that there is no access for wheelchair users, mobility scooters or pushchairs.

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Access around the reserve: The rough terrain makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users. We recommend that visitors remain on the many paths and marked trails as the reserve lies on thin sandy soils which are easily eroded and damaged. A path directs visitors on a circular route through the reserve, taking in some of the best habitat and landscape features. A bench provides a well-earned resting spot half way along this route, and a chance to enjoy the impressive views. Three coloured way-marked routes direct visitors on walks of varying lengths through the NNR. These walks aim to show off the best sights and sounds that North Walney has to offer, whilst guiding visitors safely around the nature reserve. From 1 March through to 31 July, ground-nesting birds breed at North Walney. In order to minimise disturbance to these birds all members of the public are required to keep their dogs on a short lead (of no more than 2 metres) during these months, under the Countryside Rights of Way Act. Please take your dog's mess home and dispose of appropriately or deposit in bins at West Shore car park. A nice walk can be had on the intertidal area but you must check tide times before venturing out onto the intertidal area. Facilities: The nearest toilets are approximately 1 mile from the NNR, located on the public car park at West Shore (Earnse Bay).

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