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South Walney Nature Reserve

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Wildlife Haven

Crossing the road bridge onto Walney, after a short drive south past a couple of caravan parks, you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Barrow's Secret

Thinking of somewhere to go for a day out? Barrow, unless you are heading for Craven Park, might... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Pete B
Congleton, United Kingdom
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“high tide”(6 reviews)
“eider ducks”(4 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Crossing the road bridge onto Walney, after a short drive south past a couple of caravan parks, you enter a different world. Wide vistas, the back drop of Lakeland fells and much wildlife. It still feels like an unpolished gem of exploration and discovery. Depending...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Thinking of somewhere to go for a day out? Barrow, unless you are heading for Craven Park, might not be an obvious choice, but if you factor in Walney Island, I can thoroughly recommend it. particularly as part of a Lakeland holiday where the open...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Pete B
Reviewed 19 July 2018

We spent 3 hours here. It's a lovely place for walks and to see the wildlife. If you visit at high tide chances are you'll see the local seal colony.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank gillyoz
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Although this reserve is a way from the main Lakes area it is worth a visit for lovers of birds and flowers.A gentle stroll round gives you plenty to see,dependent on the time of year.You get a friendly welcome by the volunteer on duty and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Maureen G
Reviewed 28 April 2018

The nature reserve is at the bottom tip of Walney past the South End caravan park on a single track road with lots of speed ramps. The trails entrance,visitor centre, car park and toilets are located at the old Coastguard Cottages. It costs £3 per...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank 938fjg
Reviewed 17 April 2018

We went last summer never been before surprising great place lots of seals to see lots of walking and lots of lovely scenery Well worth a visit .

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Helen T
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely walk around Walneys Nature Reserve. If you want to see the seals it's best to go when the tide is in. Staff are lovely and informative. Great for a stroll

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Gemma S
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

On a wet Easter Monday we ventured to Barrow from the Lakes and kept driving following our noses all the way until we reached South Walney. Very pleased we did as although it was cold and blustery we enjoyed a 30 minute walk around the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank jimmer2017
Reviewed 11 February 2018

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 be reached when the tide is low. We also have...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Monica44601
Reviewed 5 February 2018

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 views can be stunning especially eastward, with...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Islander48
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