Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, near Barrow-in-Furness, is an outstanding coastal dune habitat on the Duddon Estuary which supports a wealth of unique wildlife and boasts stunning views of the Lake District Fells.
We had an absolutely amazing day, walking along the shoreline, climbing up and sliding down the sand dunes, building sandcastles, splashing in the water (at high tide) and picnic’ing. You could also go beach combing, fly a kite, skim stones or bird watch.
Please make sure you check the tide times (which will be on display in the car park). The Duddon Estuary can be extremely dangerous, with tides coming in and going out very very quickly. Please avoid the inter-tidal area of the estuary due to deep channels. Keep children close and stay safe!
An interesting fact is that Sandscale Haws is home to over 600 wild plants, which is over one third of all plants found in the UK!
Parking is in the National Trust car park – Roanhead, Hawthwaite Lane, near Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4QJ. Drive down the A590 towards Barrow. After Dalton, take Oaklea Road on your right, signposted to Roanhead. At the first T-juntion turn left and then follow the road all the way to the car park at the end.
Parking costs are £1 per hour, £2.50 up to 3 hours or £5 all day, with charges applying between 10am and 4pm. And is of course free to National Trust members. There is a small welcome hut called The Red Hut in the car park, but it only serves cold drinks and snacks as there is no electricity. Note that there are currently no toilet facilities on site (July 2018). Dogs are welcome but they must be on a lead on the reserve.