Askam-in-Furness Beach

Askam-in-Furness Beach - Cumbria
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The long, sandy beach in front of Askam village is situated on the northern coast of the Furness peninsula. Backed by dunes and marshes, the caost here offers views over the sands of the Duddon Estuary.

In the mid-19th century, iron ore began to be mined in the area and the village expanded to provide homes to the migrant workers who came from Ireland, Cornwall and beyond to work in the local iron and steel works.  The mining stopped in the early 20th century, but there remain reminders of the town’s industrial heritage, from street names, to the bizarre-looking Askam Pier which stretches out into the estuary.  The pier is actually made from slag from the old iron works.  A walk along the length of the pier offers fine views but can be quite exposed to the strong winds blowing in from the sea.

Look out for red slag heaps all around this area of the coast.  These former slag heaps, now grassed over are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and have led to the beach being designated a Site of Special Scientific interest.

Askam-in-Furness is the home of Duddon Inshore Rescue - a volunteer lifeboat that serves the notorious tidal waters of the Duddon estuary.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Good fishing


  • Picnic area

Nearest town

Barrow in Furness


LA16 7AW

OS grid ref.

SD 2091 7757


Parking available next to the beach.

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Askam-in-Furness Beach Reviews

A hidden Gem

Ruth Allwood
Aug 22nd 2021

We came to Askham to retrace my Mums steps. My mum grew up living on the Lotts Furness place . We saw the sea and paddled . We walked along the shore and saw the sunset, absolutely beautiful, had a chat to a local lady Sue , really friendly. My Family were named the Caines .
Askham has so much history. ????

Dec 27th 2020

Fantastic natural beach. Have had many a wonderful holiday in Askam. Warm hospitable people and a gateway to the Lakes.

Askam in furness

Aug 10th 2020

Going in the sea. Do not buy a house here guys .

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