Barrow-by-Design – The Islands of Barrow Map

The fold out map will be printed in time for the launch of the new visitor centre in the Ship Inn on Piel Island. The Map suggests a series of tour routes across the Islands of Barrow and illustrates their rich diversity through points of interest including Hidden Assets, Natural Wonders, Historical Sites and Industrial Heritage.

Have we missed something?

Please download the full print size versions of the draft map below and let us know if we have missed something or included something which is factually incorrect. Please email your recommendations and comments direct to Stuart Bastik and we will try to include them. We have consulted with the National Trust, Natural England and Cumbria Wildlife Trust with regard to information about the key Nature Reserves across the Islands of Barrow and would particularly welcome comment on other aspects of the map including the historic and industrial heritage elements. Please note that this map focusses on the Islands of Barrow and not the Town Centre which will hopefully be the subject of a future issue. You may also wish to submit photographs for consideration via email at 300 dpi.

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The map explores many of the hidden assets of the Islands of Barrow which have been enjoyed for countless generations by the people of what is now the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness.

The map details a series of tour routes with points of interest for the Walker, Cyclist and Motorist to enjoy over an afternoon or a longer stay.

It introduces the history of the islands evidencing ancient landscapes and a prehistoric settlement; the medieval period and the islands’ importance as a place of production and trade for the Monks of Furness Abbey and the Castle they built on Piel Island to protect their interests as the second most powerful Cistercian Abbey in Britain.

The guide introduces the birth of Barrow during the Industrial Revolution; iron production and subsequent ship, airship and submarine building on the islands.

It details the present day nationally important Nature Reserves and unspoiled beaches with mountain backdrops and other recreational opportunities and events including walking, cycling, angling, windsurfing, yachting, gliding and powerboat racing which coexist alongside cutting-edge industrial activities; the production of nuclear submarines and the massive new off-shore windfarms off Walney Island: ‘Britain’s Energy Coast’…

We would like to thank the people of the islands who have shared their knowledge and passion in compiling this rich and diverse introduction.

Design: Stuart Bastik, Art Gene Associates