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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 to all.
Furness SSCO 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 AFC at present competes in the  Nationwide Conference North.Walney Channel
In the summer cricket is played at several venues including Barrow Cricket Club.

Water Sports

Walney Channel and the coast of Roa Island are excellent areas for sailing and windsurfing.  There are two sailing clubs 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 reservoirs.

Northwest Kitesurfing:
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.

You can see lots of photographs and slideshows of various outdoor pursuits undertaken on and around Walney Island at . The sports featured include Golf, Kiting, Riding, Walking, Canoeing, Fishing, KiteSurfing, and WindSurfing.

Sports / Leisure Centres

Park Vale Sports Centre

Located on Walney Island with a 400-metre all-weather athletics track and facilities for netball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, rugby and football, for further information contact Paul Burns (01229) 473543.

The Park Leisure Centre

'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, (01229) 871146.
Barrow Amateur Swimming Club is based at The Park Leisure Centre.

Dalton 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) 463125.

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 held there.
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.
The club is located in Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness.
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 members.
The Secretary,
BAE Systems Sports Club,
Hawcoat Lane
LA14 4HF.
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.
Self Guided Walks in your own time - St. George's Walk, Heart of Barrow Walk, Channelside Walk, Walney Walk, Westfield Trail leaflets available from The Dock Museum and Barrow Tourist Information Centre.
The Walking-Routes web site ( contains 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.
The Walney to Wear Cycle Route is a new National Cycle Network Regional Route across the north of England which is opening on the 1st June 2005.
Books on walking and cycling tours are available from the Tourist Information Centre.

Horse Riding on the BeachHorse Riding

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 Club 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 clubs within the town.


The Lakes Gliding Club which 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 (01229) 837494.

Motor Sports

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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