Refreshing coastal walk for all
The Westfield trail is a linear route providing excellent views of the coast and Roa and Piel Islands. It is suitable for cyclists, wheelchair users and those with pushchairs and young children. It is possible to follow the trail all the way to Cavendish docks in Barrow. If coming from Ulverston, you may wish to follow the brown signs for the coastal road for a scenic drive to Rampside and Roa Island, our starting point.
Park at the free Cumbria Wildlife Trust car park halfway along the causeway to Roa Island. Please note that a 1.85m height restriction applies.
Public Transport Stagecoach Service 11 stops at the Concle Inn. This is not a low floor vehicle.
On leaving the car park, head back along the causeway towards the Concle Inn and cross the road at the first set of dropped kerbs. Follow the second public footpath signpost on the left, before the Concle Inn. Do not be deterred by the ‘Private Road’ sign displayed near the houses, you enter the small cul-de-sac and join the path towards the right, beside these houses and garages. The path is gated with a passing point on the left (110cm wide). The barrier can be opened with a RADAR key to allow access for larger scooters. The trail now passes through farmland with some very pretty views. St Michael’s church is nestled inland as you follow the trail up towards Westfield Point. There are five ‘Three Valleys’ gates along the trail which allow access for wheelchairs and electric scooters.
Two rest points offer views of the Walney Channel and Piel Island with its rich history and castle ruins. The trail descends into Roosecote Sands bay and follows the salt marshes around the bay passing onshore gas terminals.
A pillbox, a reminder of the part Barrow played in the last world war, originally marked the end of the route. However, you can now follow the path all the way to Cavendish dock in Barrow, so if you want to keep exploring you can continue. To return to the car park, retrace your steps along the trail.
Here we find ourselves by the sea, surrounded by abundant nature and wildlife. This is against the backdrop of manmade creation and industrialisation. There is beauty in both if we look for it – list the beauty you see in the man-made and nature around you.
An oyster is a great illustration for finding beauty. When a bit of sand, parasite or other irritant enters the oyster the mollusc coats it in the same type of material it uses to make its shell, creating something called nacre, or mother of pearl which protects it against the irritant. It can take up to 2 years for a fully formed pearl to develop. Just like the oyster thinks of the grain of sand as something irritating and yet produces something to treasure, this week try to find beauty in something that at first glance might seem disagreeable, how does this change your perspective on it?