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Piel Island camping

Piel Island Camping

A tiny free-range sort of campsite on a remote island with incredible views. This small island has one pub, one castle, and one street of houses, lots of chickens and few piglets – oh and a king and queen, knights and the are staff are known as the royal family. Piel Island campsite is a dream.

Location: near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, Lat/Long 54.064, -3.174

Campsite facilities: Outdoor loo and outdoor tap (no bathroom, hot showers, washing up facilities). No credit cards, so take plenty of cash.

Dog friendly: Yes (kept on a lead)

Local facilitiesThe Ship Inn – free house and good food menu served throughout the day.

Getting to Piel Island: Train station: Roose (4 miles from Roa Island) – Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster line. Ferry: Piel Island Ferry runs from Roa Island from 11am–5pm, weather permitting; adult £4 return, U14 £2, U4 free; contact John Cleasby 07798 794550, John Warburton 07817 043385 or Steve Chattaway 07516 453784. It is also possible to walk there from Walney Island if you are confident of the tides.

Getting to Piel Island Campsite: 2 minute walk from the island slipway

Don’t miss: walking Piel Island’s coastal walk, to see all of the highlights of the island.

Nearby islands: whilst you are there, there’s a lot more to explore, check them out here 

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