The Furness Line offers views across the stunning Morecambe Bay, a site of international importance for wildlife and birds. The bay has some of the highest tides in the world with shining sandbanks and mud flats all flanked by salt marshes, beaches, and low cliffs. In the distance the Lakeland fells complete the picture.
Morecambe Bay, constantly changing through the seasons, is a fabulous place for some quiet bird watching. South Cumbria and the area along the Furness Line has a large number and variety of nature reserves. Many are accessible from the Furness line or by connecting transport.
Barrow is a major centre of employment with many attractions for tourists which include Furness Abbey and the off shore islands of Piel, Walney and Roa with their natural and cultural heritage. Nearby Ulverston is famous for its variety of festivals and pleasant shopping amongst the town’s cobbled streets.
Grange-over-Sands is a wonderfully vibrant Victorian resort as is the smaller town of Arnside. Both have some fine restaurants and cafes with views to the Lakeland fells across the estuaries.
Silverdale is home to the RSPB’s Leighton Moss Nature Reserve which attracts visitors from across the country.
Carnforth is a busy, friendly town with a good selection of shops. The station is home to the Heritage Centre and the ‘Brief Encounter’ Refreshment Rooms.
Leave the car at home and enjoy this area of contrasts from lovely shops and cafes to wide open spaces, beaches and nature reserves – all accessible from the train.