"South Walney Nature Reserve" Dalton in Furness Off The Beaten Path Tip by nickandchris

Dalton in Furness Off The Beaten Path: 10 reviews and 22 photos

  Nesting gulls
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  • Nesting gulls - Dalton in Furness
      Nesting gulls
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  • Ex gravel ponds, Walney Nature Reserve - Dalton in Furness
      Ex gravel ponds, Walney Nature Reserve
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  • Outside a bird hide - Dalton in Furness
      Outside a bird hide
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  • Watch where you walk.... - Dalton in Furness
      Watch where you walk....
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  • Piel Castle from Walney Nature Reserve - Dalton in Furness
      Piel Castle from Walney Nature Reserve
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Walney Island, off Barrow-in-Furness is about 6 miles from Dalton. It has nature reserves at both the south and north ends and is a massive breeding ground for black-backed and herring gulls.
This summer we re- visited the South reserve and followed the way-marked trail along the east coast, returning on the west side. There are numerous hides to watch bird activity from and an oyster farm in old gravel pits. The freshwater and saline pools attract large numbers of ducks and wading birds.
There is a lighthouse which is now a private residence.
In summer months it is adviseable to wear head protection as a precaution against nesting, agressive gulls!! Sticks are also available to waft about to discourage the birds bombing you.
There are 5 miles of nature trails with 8 hides. Superb views out across the salt marshes of Walney Channel to Piel Island and on the west coast out over the Irish Sea with oil rigs in view. It is quite interesting watching large vessels entering and leaving the port of Barrow, from here.

There is a car park, toilets and wheelchair access.
Small fee.
Open 10am to 5pm. summer (4pm. winter.)
No dogs allowed except guide dogs.

Phone: 01229471066
Website: http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 5, 2005
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