At the beginning of June I decided to take a break. I hadn’t realised how much I needed it until we took a trip to nearby Barrow-in-Furness for the weekend.
Barrow is a town in Cumbria, in the North of England, close to the Lake District. Our primary aim for the visit was to walk. To be out in the fresh air, in nature, and relax.
The mental relief it gave was unexpected. Like the unfurling of leaf as it comes to life. I’ve always been a proponent of walking to clear the mind and it certainly did the trick this time, leaving me feeling refreshed and ready to start anew.
Here is the first step back to “anew”. Below are some favourite pictures of our walks around Barrow and the nature reserves. You can find more over on Instagram
Day one was a wander around Barrow Park, set in the middle of town. It was incredibly well looked after and had a few hidden spots as well as playing fields and beautiful rose garden. Set high on the hill was the cenotaph. The staircase up was a pleasure to climb and didn’t feel as steep as expected. My favourite feature had to be the Bug Hotel though.
We’d planned a walk around Fell Foot Park in the nearby Lake District, but the weather was iffy so we stayed closer to home with a visit to this x century abbey.
Leading away from the Abbey is Abbotswood Nature Trail. Although there’s a bit of a gradient, there is a good path providing a pleasant walk through the surrounding forest. There’s also the option to wander through the forest trails closer to Mill Beck. At the far end of the trail was a chance for a small personal celebration on climbing the steep exit back to the main road. On the way back, we walked along Mill Beck and across Bow Bridge and watched the cows paddling.
South Walney Nature Reserve
Our third and final day was a trip to nearby Walney Island in the hope of seeing the grey seals playing in the sea. They can often be seen at high tide at the south end of South Walney Nature reserve. Find out if we spotted them on Instagram. We spent most of the day here as the sun had come out and made walking pleasant. From Walney it is also possible to see Piel Island and Blackpool Tower.
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Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.