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Furness Flyer Day 2

Barrow-in-Furness sits right at the end of the Furness Peninsula. Making it unique, not only in its landscape and biodiversity, but also in its culture.

It’s history and industrial heritage is almost tangible. Its shipbuilding prowess led to its bombing in World War II but it is still home to BAE and the Trident submarines today. Grab yourself a copy of Nella Lasts’ Diaries or watch Housewife 49 (starring Victoria Wood) and you can see the place brought to life, as it would have been in war time.

As Nella Last did, you can seek out some of the Peninsulas special spaces, which are home to natter jack toads, grey seals and a wealth of other wildlife.

MorningMorning

Grab a picnic from town, a book and your bucket and spade and prepare yourself for the approx.. 4.5 miles walk along the stunning Cumbria Coastal Way to the National Trust’s Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve. Explore the vast and beautiful dune habitat supporting a high diversity of plants and animals. From coralroot orchids to curlews and great crested newts, there's enough here to keep the keen naturalist occupied. Not to mention the elusive Natter jack Toads!
Spend the day on this beautiful sandy beach with views across the Duddon Estuary, where thousands of wading birds and wildfowl may be seen during winter.

LunchLunch

Try not to get sand in your picnic lunch and look out for the Little Red Hut in the car park which offers refreshments.
 

EveningEvening

It’s a great place to find a quiet spot to sit and read. We would recommend the Diaries of Nella Last, a housewife who lived in Barrow-in-Furness. She wrote a diary for the Mass Observation Archive from 1939 until 1966, making it one of the most substantial diaries held by M-O. They chronicle War Time Barrow and are a truly immersive read. They were later adapted for the TV Movie Housewife 49, starring Victoria Wood.

When you feel the need retrace your walk back to Barrow-in-Furness, stay another night or catch the train home.
 
 

Details of Cumbria Coastal WayCumbria Coastal Way

The Cumbrian Costal Way is a continuous route from the boundary with Lancashire to the town of Gretna in the Scottish Borders. It is suitable for walkers of all abilities and can be walked in it's entirety or walked in sections. Much of the routefinding is easy but some sections need care underfoot and careful planning where the tides may affect the route. The route has been designed to link with public transport. Because of the prevailing winds the route is described from south to north, and whilst May to October is a good season for walking the Cumbria Coastal Way can be enjoyed at any time of year.


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