you can discover a fascinating corner of hidden Britain and experience
the mysterious ‘remoteness’ of one of the significant
cradles of Celtic Christianity.
The Low Furness Peninsula, a recognised Hidden Britain
Centre, has shaped and been shaped by humankind for at least 3,000
years and the emerging history and archaeology add further mystery
to the particular influences left by Druidic, Roman, Celtic, Viking,
Puritan and Victorian faith builders and settlers in their time
in this place.
Few places in Britain can boast as much rural variety
as this; miles of wild and diverse coastline to explore from the
endless sands of Bardsea beach to the raw and atmospheric reaches
of Roe Island and Piel Island. Inland, rich farmland, small hamlets
and woods rise to reach the limestone pavements and heights of Birkrigg
Common with its panoramic views of Morecambe Bay and of the nearby
Within touching distance of Low Furness’s deeply
rural communities are bustling Ulverston, South Lakeland’s
Festival town with its famous markets and Laurel and Hardy Museum,
and Barrow-in-Furness, ‘where the Lakes meet the Sea’,
home of ship-building, with its Festival of the Sea and its renowned
As well as providing much of interest in its own right,
Low Furness also provides an ideal base for visits to a wide area
of South Lakeland and its fringes by foot, bike, bus, car, boat
and even by steam!
Interested in history?
Well, here’s a five-course meal: the area played a hugely
important role in ancient transportation and trading routes and
in their turn ancient Britons, Romans, Celtic travellers, monks
and ‘saints’, and Vikings have all left their early
marks on Low Furness. The area includes a recently rediscovered
‘colony of light’ with unique spiritual and historical
links to Iona and to the Northumbria Community of Aidan, Hilda,
Cuthbert and others.
The website is designed to help you to find resources,
plan your stay, or to extend your itinerary having explored other
parts of Cumbria. Here on-line you can get the ‘feel’
of the area via a guided journey around
the churches and other spiritual sites, download walks
which specifically explore the local heritage, read about our history
and exciting archaeology, and contribute to the living history of
Let the journey begin…