Barrow offers an
enormous variety of sporting opportunities for visitors to the
area. There is no shortage of space or facilities through which
these opportunities can be enjoyed.
Sport in Barrow and Furness
Barrow Borough Sports
Council provides more information on clubs and funding in the
area, for people of all abilities, or with disabilities.
It is the strategic body supporting sport and physical
activity in the Barrow Borough. Its members include the
Borough and County Councils, local schools and colleges,
professional and amateur sports clubs and other agencies which
support sport and physical activity in the area.
The Sports Council is supported by a multi-agency Sports
Development team. This team works together to implement the Barrow
Sports and Physical Activity Strategy.
As a spectator, the most popular
local game is Rugby League. Barrow Raiders Rugby League Football
For the soccer enthusiasts,
at present competes in
the Conference North Football League.
Sport in Cumbria
is one of 49
county sports partnerships (CSPs) covering England, and is focused
on helping people and communities across Cumbria create a sporting
habit for life. It is a network of local agencies
committed to working together to increase the number of people
taking part in sport and physical activity. CSPs develop sports
programmes and policy at a community level on behalf of various
stakeholders including Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, DCMS and
the coast of Roa Island are excellent areas for sailing and
windsurfing. There are two sailing clubs
(including Roa Island Boating Club
regular racing for many classes of boats and sail-boards. The
anchorage off Piel Island is popular with visiting yachts.
During summer months the Port of Barrow
has proved a popular venue for Powerboat Racing
and is the headquarters of the Barrow Motorboat Racing Club.
National Championship heats for powerboat racing and jet ski are
managed by the Barrow Motorboat Racing Club. For race details
contact Ted Walsh on 07766913801.
Sea-fishing is excellent from the shoreline around Walney
Island and from Piel Island. Some unique varieties of fish can be
caught a few miles off the coast.
Angling Club and Furness Fishing Association
cater for and hold the fishing rights in local rivers, tarns and
and galleries about windsurfing on Walney Island, Roa Island and
Other Outdoor pursuits:
You can see lots of photographs and slideshows of various outdoor
pursuits undertaken on and around Walney Island at http://www.walneyisle.co.uk/gallery/?path=./OutdoorPersuits/
The sports featured include Golf, Kiting, Riding, Walking,
Canoeing, Fishing, Kitesurfing, and Windsurfing.
Sports / Leisure Centres
Athletics facility at Furness Academy (opening December
A new facility which will be available for bookings through
The Park Leisure Centre
is an innovative complex situated in
Barrow Park, the leisure centre offers a number of excellent
facilities, including a 25-metre swimming pool and a free-form
leisure pool with wave machine, flume and water cannons, a
six-court sports hall, climbing wall and a large fitness suite,
Barrow Amateur Swimming
is based at The Park Leisure Centre.
Dalton Leisure Centre
is a superbly equipped modern leisure centre
with a 20-metre swimming pool, which includes a giant frog water
slide, glass-backed squash courts, a multi-purpose gym,
cardiovascular suite and other sports facilities (01229)
Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club (formerly BAE Systems
Hawcoat Park Sports Club is the biggest Community
Amateur sports facility in the area and is open to
everyone in Furness and the surrounding
The club aims to provide sports and facilities at
affordable prices as well as increasing the participation of local
people both young and old in social and sporting activities. They
aim to provide opportunities for members of the community to learn
new skills and qualifications within sports coaching, sports
development and grounds maintenance.
It has some of the finest pitches in the north west; and the
sporting activities held at the club are archery, badminton, bowls,
cricket, shooting, road running, rugby, soccer, tennis,
snooker and table tennis.
Tel 01229 874643.
Barrow and the neighbouring island of Walney, offer a selection of
scenic walks. Channelside Haven is the gateway to the "Red Man Way"
a new coastal footpath running along Walney Channel. The Cistercian
Way passes through the Town. Walney Greenway runs along the west
coast of the island from Thorney Nook towards Earnse Bay.
The Walking-Routes web site (http://www.walking-routes.co.uk/
links to over 600 web sites which contain detailed directions, maps
and descriptions etc of an estimated 3000 walks throughout the UK;
some of which are in and around the Barrow area.
It would be of interest to experienced walkers, to
tourists and to those residents simply looking to increase their
level of health and fitness, perhaps in association with the
Walking The Way to Health Initiative.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW) creates new
rights of access (Rights to Roam) to certain areas of land defined
as Mountain, Moor, Heath or Downland, and to registered Common
The Countryside Agency was given the task of preparing maps of
this Access Land for the whole of England. The new public rights of
access are now all in force throughout England. Allerdale is part
of the Agency's "North West" area.
gives up to date information on the new rights of access and the
maps published so far can be viewed on the Natural England web site
using the open access map search. The site also includes
information for land owners and managers in their frequently asked
The Cumbrian Cycle Way traverses the Furness peninsula.
The Walney to Wear Cycle Route
Route 20 of the
National Cycle Network Regional Route across the north of England
starts at Sandy Gap beach, Walney Island. There are two route
options, Walney to Wear or the new route Walney to Whitby For
further information go to www.cyclingw2w.info
The Pearl Izumi Tour series held a
stage in Barrow in 2014.
In summer 2015 the new Bay Cycle Way
around the shores of Morecambe Bay will be launched.
Horse riding facilities are available through Seaview Riding
School:- (01229) 474251 or (01229) 475315.
Several excellent golf courses are within easy reach of Barrow. The
Barrow Golf Club at Hawcoat (01229) 825444, and the attractive
links course of the Furness Golf
on Walney Island (01229) 471232, both have 18 holes and
are reasonably priced. Furness Golf Centre has a driving range and
Dunnerholme a unique 10 hole course.
There are many fine bowling
within the town.
The Lakes Gliding Club
operates from Walney Airport, can arrange trial flights for
visitors. These usually take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings
from 10.00 a.m. onwards. For further information (01229) 821935 or
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