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.
Earnse Bay will work on anything from S clockwise through to N.
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.
- 04:58 - Low Tide (1.48m)
- 10:37 - High Tide (8.69m)
- 17:14 - Low Tide (1.72m)
- 22:54 - High Tide (9.02m)
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.
- Free car parking
- Public toilets
- Cafes, pubs etc
There are a few rocks that appear around half flood.
Getting There & ParkingUse 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.