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Sports in Barrow and Furness
Barrow offers an
enormous variety of sporting opportunities for visitors to the
area. There is no shortage of space or facilities through which
these opportunities can be enjoyed.
Sport in Barrow
Barrow Sports Council
provides more information on clubs and funding in the area, for
people of all abilities, or with disabilities.
Along with Allerdale and Copeland,
Barrow is part of the Barrow and West Cumbria
Sports Action Zone
, set up to help fight deprivation by
providing a sustainable sporting infrastructure that is accessible
is a site dedicated to sport for young people
within the Furness area.
As a spectator, the most popular
local game is Rugby League. Barrow
Rugby League Football Club
has enjoyed success in the National
League over the years and attracts an enthusiastic following to
Craven Park. For the soccer enthusiasts, Barrow
at present competes in the Nationwide Conference
In the summer cricket is played at
several venues including Barrow
the coast of Roa Island are excellent areas for sailing and
windsurfing. There are two sailing
offering regular racing for many classes of boats and
sail-boards. The anchorage off Piel Island is popular with visiting
yachts. During summer months the Port of Barrow has proved a
popular venue for Powerboat Racing.
Sea-fishing is excellent from the shoreline around Walney
Island and from Piel Island. Some unique varieties of fish can be
caught a few miles off the coast.
Barrow Angling Club and Furness Fishing Association
cater for and hold the fishing rights in local rivers, tarns and
Northwest Kitesurfing: northwestkitesurfing.co.uk.
Cumbria's only registered Kitesurfing School - based on Walney
Island, NWKS teaches kitesurfing to IKO level 2, in no less than
different locations all within the borough.
Sports / Leisure Centres
Park Vale Sports Centre
Located on Walney Island with a
400-metre all-weather athletics
facilities for netball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, rugby and
football, for further information contact Paul Burns (01229)
The Park Leisure Centre
is an innovative complex situated in
Barrow Park, the leisure centre offers a number of excellent
facilities, including a 25-metre swimming pool and a free-form
leisure pool with wave machine, flume and water cannons, a
six-court sports hall, climbing wall and a large fitness suite,
Barrow Amateur Swimming
is based at The Park Leisure Centre.
Dalton Leisure Centre
is a superbly equipped modern leisure centre
with a 20-metre swimming pool, which includes a giant frog
waterslide, glass-backed squash courts, a multi-purpose gym,
cardio-vascular suite and other sports facilities (01229)
BAE Systems Sports Club
BAE Sports Club is the biggest Community Amateur sports
facility in the area and is open to everyone in
Furness and the surrounding area. The club has been provided by the
BAE Systems to allow individuals: male, female young and old, to
participate in one or more of the many activities and social events
It has some of the finest pitches in the north west; and the
sporting activities held at the club are archery, badminton, bowls,
cricket, rifle/pistol shooting, road running, rugby, soccer, tennis
and table tennis. There is also a snooker table, pool table and big
screen TV within the clubhouse, with very competitive bar prices
for anyone who just wants to be a social member.
Membership fees are £25 per annum for a Full Playing
Membership and £15 per annum for a Social membership with
concessionary fees for juniors, under 18, under 16 and retired
BAE Systems Sports Club,
Tel 01229 874644 or 874643.
Barrow and the neighbouring island of Walney, offer a selection of
scenic walks. Channelside Haven is the gateway to the "Red Man Way"
a new coastal footpath running along Walney Channel. The Cistercian
Way passes through the Town. Walney Greenway runs along the west
coast of the island from Thorney Nook towards Earnse Bay.
The Walking-Routes web site (http://www.walking-routes.co.uk/
links to over 600 websites which contain detailed directions, maps
and descriptions etc of an estimated 3000 walks throughout the UK;
some of which are in and around the Barrow area.
It would be of interest to experienced walkers, to
tourists and to those residents simply looking to increase their
level of health and fitness, perhaps in association with the
Walking The Way to Health Initiative.
The Cumbrian Cycle Way traverses the Furness peninsula.
Books on walking and cycling tours
are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Horse riding facilities are available through Seaview Riding
School:- (01229) 474251 or (01229) 475315.
Several excellent golf courses are within easy reach of Barrow. The
Barrow Golf Club at Hawcoat (01229) 825444, and the attractive
links course of the Furness Golf
on Walney Island (01229) 471232, both have 18 holes and
are reasonably priced. Furness Golf Centre has a driving range and
a 9 hole course (01229) 465870.
There are many fine bowling
within the town.
The Lakes Gliding Club
operates from Walney Airport, can arrange trial flights for
visitors. These usually take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings
from 10.00 a.m. onwards. For further information (01229) 821935 or
Off Road Driving
Cumbria All Terrain C.A.T (UK) Ltd of Greengate St. Barrow Tel
01229 835463 has one of the North West's Premier 4X4 driver
training centres featuring landrovers or quad bikes. Bookings by
the hour, half day or full day.
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