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Walney Island, is situated at the western end of Morecambe Bay, and forms part of the town of Barrow-in-Furness. It is separated from mainland Barrow by Walney Channel, and is accessed via the Jubilee Bridge.

It’s western coast is exposed the the Irish Sea, meaning it’s a windy spot and faces in exactly the right direction for the UK’s predominant winds.

The Island has two Kitesurfing spots; Earnse Bay and The Tip. Both feature large, shallow, sandy beaches. As the tide goes out expect some flat water lagoons for freestyle/wakestyle fun.

Wind Directions

Earnse Bay will work on anything from S clockwise through to N.

Tide States

A good rule of thumb is to launch / land whilst you can still see sand. Earnse Bay has a big tidal range, so you might be in for a bit of a walk at low tide. Around half flood is the best time to kite here.

Tide Times & Heights for Barrow (Ramsden Dock) on 18th December 2017
  • 05:38 - Low Tide (1.75m)
  • 11:22 - High Tide (8.96m)
  • 18:00 - Low Tide (1.79m)
  • 23:44 - High Tide (8.71m)

Riding Types

Expect chop and small, mushy waves, no good for wave riding. At certain tide states you'll find flat water lagoons, perfect for freestyle / wakestyle riding.

Facilities

  • Free car parking
  • Public toilets
  • Cafes, pubs etc

Hazards

There are a few rocks that appear around half flood.

Getting There & Parking

Use LA14 3XZ for your satnav. You'll see free parking at the end of West Shore Road.

Weather Forecast & Live Readings

I’m hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here’s a link to 7 day wind forecast for Walney Island. And if you’re wondering if it’s on right now, there’s the Met Office reading taken hourly: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Walney Island.

Earnse Bay, Walney Island Gallery

  • Earnse Bay