The Beach Guide

Bardsea Beach

Bardsea Beach - Cumbria

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This wide expanse of shingle and sand beach overlooks Morecambe Bay.

The coast road between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness runs alongside part of the beach and there are plenty of free parking spots. A bus service runs from Ulverston, approximately 3 miles away.

The beach is quite exposed to winds blowing from Morecambe Bay, so walks along the vast beach are best enjoyed on calm, sunny days.

There are no restrictions on dogs and the beach offers coastal paths, as well as an opportunity to look for interesting driftwood and seashells amongst the shingle. There is evidence of small bonfires being held on the stones of the beach and are plenty of areas suitable for picnicking.

Nearby is an interesting ancient stone circle at Birkrigg, and Conishead Priory, a former Cistercian Abbey, now home to the Manjushri Buddhist Centre.

Across the bay, about one mile from the beach, the small limescale outcrop, known as Chapel Island can be seen. This was the site of a 14th century chapel, built by monks from Conishead Priory. Nothing remains of the original building. It is not possible to walk to Chapel Island, even when the tide is out without an experienced guide.
The trip is too dangerous without a guide due to quicksands and fast-moving tides.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town



LA12 9RB

OS grid ref.

SD 3011 7413

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