Walney Island - Sandy Gap Beach

Walney Island - Sandy Gap Beach - Cumbria
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Walney Island lies just off the coast of the Furness peninsula. It is joined to the mainland at Barrow in-Furness by the Jubilee Bridge.

To the west of the island, Sandy Gap Beach offers a wide expanse of sand, and is a perfect place to come for long windswept walks and beachcombing.

The nearby North Walney Reserve is administered by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The dunes, salt marshes and grasslands here are home to many interesting species of plant and wildlife. 

North of Earnsie Point is an area of beach, backed by dunes, which is used by naturists.  The long walk from the car parking area and dunes offer some degree of privacy.

Type of beach

Sand and shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby

Nearest town

Barrow in Furness


LA14 3JP

OS grid ref.

SD 1751 6806


Parking available next to the beach

Water quality

Water quality star rating

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