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.
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.