Walney island has been developed alongside Barrow since the start of the industrial revolution, and therefore comes with a rich history. The town of Barrow-in-Furness is famous for its steelworks (founded in 1865) and shipyards. These have been open for over 150 years, and provide great employment opportunities. Nowadays, there is a focus on nuclear submarines and planes, with its very own airport as the base of their flights.
The largest island in the Irish sea stretching over 11 miles in length, Walney has a population of just over 10,000. Although this is dwarfed in comparison to Barrow’s population of 57,000. Stretching over the Walney channel to connect the two, Jubilee Bridge (built in 1908) allows for easy transport, furthered by its reliable and regular public transport.
Walney’s historical attractions include; war-time relics, lighthouses, and Tummer Hill; the site of a former cockfighting pit. One of the main war attractions on Walney is Fort Walney, a coastal defense that was built in 1911 to defend the island.
Currently, it is home to one of the world’s largest wind farms, promoting sustainable and green energy. There are also two caravan sites, the Lakes Gliding club, sandy beaches, and an equestrian center, providing sightseeing flights, horseback riding, and beach-side walks. Popular visitor attractions include the grey seal breeding ground, the South Walney nature reserve, and the Duddon estuary, which all make for super days out!
A perfect place to raise a family, there are schools available from nursery level all the way up to GCSEs, with higher education available at Furness college.
Walney is only a short drive away from the train station, which offers direct links to Lancaster and Manchester.
If this area describes your ideal lifestyle, then Walney island is perfect for you. And with Solway Drive; a new development of 2 and 3 bedroom homes, coming soon, you’re sure to find your dream home. Contact our local team of experts for more information on Solway Drive development.