West Shore, Walney Island by Kells Photography
Barrow is surrounded by miles of beaches, each unique in
character and conveniently accessible to the town centre.
and tips on how to enjoy our coastal wildlife.
Among the better known beaches are:
By far Barrow's most popular beach and the ideal place to take
a dip. Also known as West Shore. This beach is a venue
for national kitesurfing championships. North West
have a surf school on Earnse Bay car park. This sandy
beach is served by local buses and becomes very busy during the
summer months. Car parking and toilet facilities are
This beach is located on the exposed west coast of Walney
Island, a mixture of smooth pebbles and sand makes up this softly
contoured coastline. Ample car parking facilities.
Roanhead, looking across the Duddon Estuary.
This sandy, picturesque beach is situated three miles north of
Barrow. Even though strong currents make it unsuitable for
swimming, the coastal scenery is quite breathtaking. Car parking
and toilet facilities are available. The National Trust run
lots of activities for children including pond dipping in school
This easily accessible pebble beach is approximately four
miles south-east of Barrow. It is ideal for those with a liking for
water sports. A causeway leads to Roa Island, which has toilets,
bus stop, pub, restaurant and cafe. Visitors can enjoy the Barrow
Lifeboat Station (open at weekends during the Summer tel: (01229)
829797 and take the ferry to Piel Island. The long stony beach is
situated on the coast road (A5087) heading towards the market town