A tiny campsite on a remote island with lovely views
Piel is a tiny island with one pub, one castle, and one street of houses. There is a wonderful view from the campsite across Morecambe Bay.
NearbyFurness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness (5¼ miles from Roa Island) – the majestic ruins of an abbey founded in 1123 by Stephen, Count of Blois (later to become King Stephen). Walney Island (1½ miles at low tide) – ‘wet and windy Walney’ has 2 large nature reserves and is home to the largest colony of lesser black-backed and herring gulls in Europe. The Dock Museum, Barrow (6 miles from Roa Island) – an innovative museum of local life inside a former dry dock; 01229 876400.
Food & DrinkThe Ship Inn/Bunkhouse Bar (free house).
Opening TimesAll year.
Piel Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0QN
Train station: Roose (4 miles from Roa Island) – Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster line. Ferry: Piel Island Ferry runs from Roa Island from 11am–5pm, weather permitting; adult £4 return, U14 £2, U4 free; contact John Cleasby 07798 794550, John Warburton 07817 043385 or Steve Chattaway 07516 453784.
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