Date: Friday 19th August

Route: Middlesbrough to Walney Island

Distance : N/a

Comment: We travel by coach and van to get to the starting point of the Coast to Coast cycle route, Walney Island.

Walney Island is now part of the town of Barrow-in-Furness to which it has been connected by bridge (Jubilee Bridge) since 1908. Jubilee Bridge spans Walney Channel and until its commission, a ferry was used in order to cross the channel.

The island is around eleven miles long and less than a mile wide at its widest point. Its total area is 5.01 square miles (12.99 km²). The island was developed to house workers of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, with an area of the island retaining the name Vickerstown today.

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At the start on Walney Island