Roan Head Beach (Sandscale Haws / Roanhead)

Roan Head Beach - Cumbria
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Picturesque sandy expanse located around 3 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness. From the beach there are great views of the beautiful Duddon Estuary and the Lake Fells beyond.

The big tidal range of Roan Head beach exposes huge sandy flats but also causes strong currents making it unsuitable for swimming.

The beach here is an important nature reserve which is home to numerous rare plants and insects along with an estimated 15% of the UK’s natterjack toad population.

Also known as:

Sandscale Haws / Roanhead

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed on the beach but not in the dunes behind.

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Nearest town



LA16 7JF

OS grid ref.

SD 2001 7575


The nearest train station is in Askam. 3 km to the north east. served by Northern Rail.

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