Port Profile: Barrow-in-Furness

Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, Barrow-in-Furness.

Barrow-in-Furness, gateway to the English Lakes District. Photo by markc123

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Some will have it that Barrow-in-Furness is located at the end of the longest cul-de-sac in England, but that’s rubbish. As a cruise ship passenger, you should not listen to it. The fact is that, from a cruise perspective, the location of this industrial town in the northwest of England could not be better. That is, if you plan on visiting the renowned Lake District, which has attracted and inspired writers and poets for hundreds of years.

Situated at the tip of the Furness peninsula, Barrow-in-Furness has been referred to as the gateway to the Lake District, which is less than an hour away by coach or car. It is probably one of the most well-known regions in the entire U.K. Writers and poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey and, of course, William Wordsworth will forever be associated with the area – as will some of their works (perhaps the best-known of which is Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, with its daffodil reference).

For modern day visitors, it’s not difficult to understand why these poets became so fond of the Lake District. The area nowadays constitutes the largest National Park in England (and the second-largest in the U.K.).

Some of the most beautiful lakes in the country are to be found here, such as Lake Windermere and Ullswater. Nearby is England’s highest mountain: Scafell Pike, 3,209 feet/978 meters high. There are several other peaks in the region. Although they are of rather modest dimensions, they are high enough to be visible from the islands off the coast of southernmost Scotland.

Read Avid Cruiser’s full Port Profile featuring Barrow-in-Furness.

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