South Walney Nature Reserve, Barrow-in-Furness

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  • So worth a visit, with our wonderful bird sanctuary, Oyster farm and an amazing colony of seals. We have a lighthouse, and the Island of Piel where there stands an incredible ancient castle, this can ...  more »
  • A great place for birdwatchers but equally as nice just for a walk, well marked trails and numerous hides, time it right ( high tide ) and there are dozens of seals on the shingle spit. The panoramic ...  more »
  • Walney Island RSPB reserve is an excellent bird watching area. There are a number of hides and good trails. The seals were in evidence on this occasion and few people (it was very cold and wet though)...  more »
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  • Despite not being allowed near the lighthouse or on the beaches the nature reserve is worth a visit. Being on the island messes with your sense of direction. I thought Blackpool was the Isle of Man! There's many types of sea birds to see and also seals. The walks you can do are laid out on a simple map available from the information shop & there are bird hides along the way round. It's £3 for adults, £2 for children. There's toilets and a car park. The people there are also really nice.
  • Fabulous, unspoilt nature reserve. A number of hides in good condition are provided to enjoy the wide variety of birds and to watch the seals. Signposted walks make the most of the views; longest is roughly 5 miles. Toilet facilities are provided at the entrance but if you intend to stay a while you will need to bring your own refreshments!
  • Nice walk anytime of the year, but would be better if a road went to where the seals were! Great for bird watchers, lots to see and a helpful warden on hand with hot drinks! Lovely cat!
  • If you want to see the seals,make sure you check high tide times and go then. If low tide, they have a live video feed so you can see them.
  • Tip: To get a better perspective on how the land lies at the Reserve click on the Google map 'Satellite' view icon. The satellite view shows that there is a huge area of land between the island and the mainland which becomes a tidal flood plane. Cross the bridge from Barrow in Furness (no fees) and turn left at traffic lights as you enter onto Walney Island. Follow the road for 6 miles to a car park at the Reserve (Entry fee £3 adult, £1 child). One of the Wardens, a young lady, was extremely helpful and informative. There are a few blue coloured cabins (inc toilets) at the site. The young lady kindly showed me a large TV screen in one of the huts, displaying a LiveCam view of seals and their pups on a beach at the Reserve. Public access to the colony area is barred for obvious reasons but seals can still be seen near to the island at High Tide. I went a bit late in the day when the light was failing. I heard a few bird calls but couldn't see them, plus the tide was out. However, there is a large herd of very cute Free Range beef cattle that wander willy nilly, either munching grass or drinking water from puddles in the track around the Reserve. There is also a series of lakes at the Reserve, about 500yds in total, used by an Oyster Farm. The Reserve is a great place to get away to, where only the 'white noise' of the wind disturbs the peace. Will definitely revisit, but earlier in the day next time.
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