Get on Track Coastal Railway Walks
Join a group of people enjoying trips out to walks, accessible from Barrow Station.
Each walk starts at around 10.30am. Join it by catching the 10.10 am train out of Barrow on the second Thursday of each month.
Each walk has been mapped out using every station between Grange and Millom.
The walks are about 5 miles, taking up to 3 hours, and can be over rough ground - occasionally very wet underfoot.
Most walks end in the vicinity of an agreeable place to eat and drink.
New walkers will be made very welcome.
Thursday 7 July Morcambe-Canal-Carnforth
Thursday 14 July Kents Bank-Middle Fell-Hampsfel-Hampsfell House-Grange
Thursday 11 August Askam-Dunnerholme-Kirkby-Foxfield
Thursday 8 September Dalton-Abbey-Roose-Barrow
Thursday 13 October Arnside-Arnside Knott-Arnside
Thursday 10 November Ulverston-Urswick-Dalton
Thursday 8 December Foxfield-old railway-Broughton-Foxfield
The first named is the station where the walk begins, the last named where it ends.
Assuming the timetable does not change, the walk start time coincides with the arrival of the 10.10am train from Barrow.
Any enquiries to Richard Scott by email or ring 07519849564
Walking for Health
Come and join our local walks in Furness. Feet First in Furness runs free, varied led walks in the Furness area for people who want to enjoy walking in a group.
There are walks every weekday and more adventurous monthly walks based on railway stations of the Cumbria Line.
Lack of physical activity is a major health risk. Only 7 out of 10 men and 6 out of 10 women achieve a safe level of moderate activity each week, which is 30 minutes on at least 5 days. Inactive people are twice as likely to die of heart disease as those who are active.
Being active brings lots of benefits including better body shape, sleeping better, having more energy, being more relaxed and confident, better concentration, an exhilarating sense of purpose, having more fun and, in a group activity like walking, meeting more people. Group walking brings all these benefits, seeing local places of interest and enjoying social contact.
Getting started is the big thing. Make it easy and unchallenging by building up activity level gradually. Wear comfy clothes and footwear. Have a drink before going out and carry water with you if you need it. Do some gentle stretching before the walk and feel happy about what you are about to do. In this way you will increase flexibility as well as stamina.
Most people like to walk and talk, but others prefer their own company or a chat with the dog!
There are many ways to build walking into your daily routine, and remember the 30 minutes can be built up of smaller bursts, say 10 minutes of brisk walking to catch the bus, walk to the office from the carpark or to the shops at lunchtime.
Set a target for how many walks you can do in a week and gradually build up distance or pace.
There are short group Walking for Health walks 5 days a week and the longer Get on Track walks on the 3rd Tuesday each month. Ring Richard Scott at the Cumbria CVS office to find out more. Call for our free leaflets and map pack.
For further details, please email Richard or ring 813497
Feet First in Furness weekly short walks
10.30am Monday – Meet Dalton Tudor Square - various routes around old Dalton
10.30am Tuesday - Meet ASDA Channelside or Ormsgill reservoir walk
10.30am Wednesday – Meet Walney Mill Lane shops - Coastal walk from Earnse Bay
10.30am Thursday – Meet Park Leisure Centre Entrance - Barrow Public Park Walk
10.30am Friday - Meet Victoria Road Bus Station, Ulverston - various one hour rouites around Ulverston
Discover parts of the Borough that you didn't know existed! Click on the image above to download a copy of the new Doorstep Walks pack. If you want a nice new shiny pack, contact Richard at Cumbria CVS.
Please click here to view the new Feet First in Furness walk programme leaflet
Wear sensible shoes
Drink a glass of water before and after your walk or bring a drink with you
If you have a history of heart trouble or other significant medical illness, talk to your doctor before you start
Stop walking if you experience unusual symptoms, such as chest pain, dizziness or breathlessness and consult your doctor
Why not invite your friends, family or work work colleagues to join you when you go walking
All Levels of Fitness Welcome
All walks are...
Wheelchair and push chair friendly
Free of charge
Last between 30 minutes and 1 hour
On hard and dry ground and are mainly flat
Take place whatever weather
We will be there to welcome you
If you have not been on a health walk before, please come 5 minutes before the advertised start time. You will be asked to fill in a short health check questionnaire.
Could you be a Volunteer Walk Leader?
We always need more trained walk leaders. It's a great way to keep healthy and make new friends. If you might be interested, please contact Richard Scott for further information.