Furness

Furness is a peninsula in South Cumbria. The area is divided in to Low Furness and High Furness and juts out into the Irish sea. The Island of Walney lies off the southwest coast of the peninsula with High Furness being the northern part of the area. Much of Furness is within the Lake District and it borders along Windermere with Barrow dominating the area with up to 60% of the population. Other main places in Furness include Ulverston, Coniston, Broughton in Furness, Dalton in Furness, Askam and Ireleth.

 

Towns and villages of Furness.

Aldingham, Askam in Furness, Backbarrow, Bardsea, Barrow in Furness, Baycliff, Bouth, Broughton in Furness, Coniston, Colton, Dalton in Furness, Dendron, Furness Abbey, Foxfield, Gleaston, Great Urswick, Little Urswick, Greenodd, Haverthwaite, Hawkshead, Ireleth, Kirkby in Furness, Lakeside, Leece, Lindal in Furness, Marton, Newby Bridge, Near Sawrey, Newton in Furness, Roose, Rampside, Roa Island, Satterthwaite, Scales, Stainton with Adgarley, Swarthmoor, Torver, Ulverston and Walney Island.

 

Rivers and Lakes.

River Brathay - this forms the north boundary with Wrynose Pass.

Coniston Water, River Crake.

River Duddon - forming the western boundary.

Esthwaite Water, River Leven, Rustland Pool.

Windermere - this is part of the eastern boundary of Furness.

River Winster - this forms the rest of the eastern boundary.

 

The Islands of Furness.

Walney Island - includes Biggar, North Scale, North Walney and Vickerstown.

Barrow Island, Roa Island, Piel Island, Foulney Island, Chapel Island plus several small Islets.

 

No matter where in Furness you are, there is plenty to do and see. Whether you are a walker, historian, shopper, photographer, bird watcher, thrill seeker or just someone who wants to rest, Furness has it all for you. There are top quality hotels, eating establishments and bed and breakfast facilities all over the Furness area. There are also museums, abbeys, castles, churches and excellent beaches. It’s all here so why not come and see us and see for yourself.

 

Below are just a few attractions of the Furness area

Hill Top

Hill Top is as if Beatrix Potter will be back at any time due to her instructions to the National Trust on how the house should be shown to the public. Beatrix Potter believed that the public would like to see what inspired her to write the tales that are known world wide. Children can read through the guide book that is The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, and match the drawings in the book to the rooms and furniture. Take a look at the website for more information. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hilltop

Roanhead Beach

Roanhead beach is about 3 miles north of Barrow in Furness; the sea is unsuitable for swimming due to the strong currents but the views are breathtaking and the sand is wonderful. The picture here shows the view from Roanhead beach across to Askam in Furness and the mountains beyond.

Roanhead Beach

The Lakeland Motor Museum

The Lakeland Motor Museum is an all weather attraction open 7 days a week. The museum is a fascinating place in the Leven Valley at Backbarrow, Cumbria along side a beautiful riverside setting. There are roughly 30,000 exhibits in the museum put together over a period of 50 years and the list of items is endless. The museum is an attraction that will suit any person, any age, all the family will love it. The museum also has a café and free parking. For more information on the Lakeland Motor Museum email info@lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk or alternatively you can browse through the website www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

Lakeland Motor Museum

Askam Beach

Askam Beach  is on the edge of the Duddon Sands, the beach itself is a wonderful sandy beach with fantastic views across to the mountains and Lakes area.  There is a pier on Askam beach that is made up of slag from the old ironworks and walking on to the pier from Askam brings on some wonderful views. Activities around the beach area include boating, fishing and bird watching. From here you can walk to Barrow in Furness and the day trip is very rewarding offering some fantastic views. The area is also a breeding ground for the very rare Natterjack Toad. In the town are shops, drinking establishments and cafés.

Askam Beach

Kirkby Moor

The view toward Coniston is breathtaking from the top of Kirkby Moor and a photographers and walkers dream. A walk further over the moors brings on even more breathtaking views and a windfarm at the top.

Kirkby Moor

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Haverthwaite Railway with its steam engines  Station Restaurant, Gift Shop, Picnic Area and an Engine Shed to look round. There is always lots going on so visit the website for further information on the latest events.

www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Gleaston Mill

Gleaston Mill is one of the hidden gems in Furness and worth a visit. Adults and children will love it. The Mill and adjacent buildings were restored by the owners to provide public access to a working water corn mill. There is Dusty  Millers tea and coffee shop serving great home made food and also the Pig’s Whisper Country Store. There is also a converted pig sty which is now a holiday cottage. There are walks from the mill which take you past the Gleaston Castle ruins. Come and see us at Gleaston Water Mill, Gleaston, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0QH

email info@watermill.co..uk  or visit www.watermill.co.uk

Gleaston Mill

Gleaston Mill

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Birkrigg Stone Circle

There is evidence of prehistoric activity around the Birkrigg area and several bronze age tumuli can be found on the common. The Druids Circle is about half a Kilometre from the coast overlooking Bardsea village on the south - east side of the common. The inner circle is about 8.5 meters in diameter and there is 12 stones and they are of local Carboniferous Limestone. The height of the stones range from 0.3 meters to 0.95 meters The outer circle is about 24 meters in diameter and has 20 stones. Some of the stones are covered by bracken and turf and there is a wide gap to the north east, no stones have been found here.

Below is Wax Lyrical candle factory in Lindal in Furness with it’s shop and restaurant. www.wax-lyrical.com

Wax Lyrical

Gleaston Castle

Birkrigg Stone Circle

Gleaston Castle

Gleaston Castle Ruins are about half a Kilometre north - east of Gleaston village. The Castle is but a ruin today but keeps some interesting features like stairways, doorways, windows, fireplaces, latrines and the corbels showing where the floors once were. The south - east and south - west towers are in the best condition but very little remains of the north - west tower.  The Castle does not accept visitors inside any longer due to safety issues but it can be seen very clearly from the road between Gleaston and Scales. Park up and have a look from just up the hill, still very photographic. For detailed information on the Castle and it’s history go to the Watermill website.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill is a working mill and was started in 1835 to produce wooden bobbins that were vital to the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. The mill was quite small compared to other mills but about 250 men and boys worked here over the years, some boys were drafted in from workhouses to work here. They would produce around 250,000 bobbins a week. There are guided tours around the mill and a unique gift shop. For more information on the mill, take a look at the website         www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stott-park-bobbin-mill

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

Baycliff

Baycliff village has a great view of Morecambe Bay, most of the buildings there are from the 17th and 18th centuries. The village is a very picturesque place with a village green and two public houses. The village can be found along the coast road heading to Barrow in Furness.

Baycliff Village overlooking Morecambe Bay

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