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Walney Island, on the western fringes of Cumbria, lies just half a mile from the mainland town of Barrow-in-Furness.

The island is just 11 miles long and a mile wide, but provides a range of great habitats for wildlife, including 250 types of birds, 450 flowering plants and 400 species of moths and butterflies.

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Walney Island - Visitor Guide


South Walney Nature Reserve, Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Postcode LA14 3YQ
Telephone:01229 471 066
Grid reference:Grid reference: SD202688
Location map:Multimap of Walney Island
Key attraction:Wildlife trails and hides.
Essential kit:Walking shoes. Binoculars and telescopes.
Nature watching:

Natterjack Toads - to the north of the island.


Birds - species found among the mudflats and salt marshes include Redshanks, Knot, Common and Little Terns, Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Curlews, Pintails, Shelducks and Red-breasted Merganser. Head to the north of the island.


The gull colony is located at the southern end of the island.
Be careful not to pick up or interfere with the chicks.


Observation hides and purpose-built trails on South Walney.


Disabled Access to public toilets at car park and nature reserve marked pathways. Access also available to one of the six observation hides in the South Walney Nature Reserve.

Facilities:The nearest amenities are a shop and toilets at the caravan site in Earnsie Bay - visitors are advised to bring their own refreshments.
Getting there:

By car: From Junction 36 on the M6 follow the A590 through Barrow-in-Furness and over the bridge to Walney Island. The reserve is situated at the north end of the island - turn right after the bridge onto the Promenade and then turn left onto Mill Lane after half a mile.


Turn right at the Periscope Hotel onto West Shore Road and continue through the West Shore estate to Earnsie Point - the nature reserve lies one mile to the north.


Car parking: Available at South Walney Nature Reserve.

Opening times:

North Walney Nature Reserve - year round.


South Walney Nature Reserve - 10am - 7pm in summer and 10am - 6pm in winter. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Charges:North Walney Nature Reserve - free.

South Walney Nature Reserve - £1 adults; 50p children; free for Cumbria Wildlife Trust members
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