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Askam and Ireleth

Askam and Ireleth

Askam and Ireleth with it's impressive views from left to right starting from Black Combe right across to Coniston Old Man. Askam beach is well worth a short stop off on your car journey up the A595 or on the train along the coastal line.

Transport

Train Station

Train Station

Train station building made with lakeland stone is just one example of the traditional buildings to see in Askam and Ireleth.

This train station is on "the coastal line" through to Carlisle and is the preferred route to take if continuing north wishing to gain the benefit of a much more pleasant journey along much of the Cumbrian coast whilst sacrificing journey time.

This is mainly a quiet station with plenty of platform space, there is some limited outside seating areas/bins.

Most of Askam and Ireleth is accessible by foot from the station and the beach is just ten minutes away.

Travelling south, the next station is Barrow-in-Furness and north is Kirkby-in-Furness.



Askam and Ireleth

Parking

Parking

Carpark at the end of Duddon Road which has ample parking for those who wish to walk along the stretches of coastline.

Overall, parking is good across the towns. There is parking at the end of Duddon Road for beach walkers, you can drive onto the pier and for nearby shops, food outlets and pubs there is ample on street parking.

Askam station has a small carpark outside but again you can park on the street without restrictions.

Askam and Ireleth

Landmarks

Pier

Pier

The pier at Askam beach stretches well out towards Millom.

The pier was built from slag that came from Askam's iron ore industry and is a focal point on the beach.

Popular for fishing, the pier sticks out well into the deep seawater when the tide is fully in.

It also allows you to take a closer look at the fells in particularly Black Combe which dominates the view out towards Millom.

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Shops, Dining and Pubs

Shops and Takeaways

Shops and Takeaways

View down Duke Street from Askam Train Station

On Duke Street there are several shops including Cooperative, local store and Premier.

There are several takeaways, one cafe directly opposite the train station, a good chip shop and chinese takeway.

Askam and Ireleth

Pubs and Restaurants

Pubs and Restaurants

View down Duddon Road which has one pub and one sports and social club

Recently, the number of pubs has declined but there are still several in Askam itself.

There is an Indian restaurant, the Taste Of India (click for Indian Menu) and Furness Tavern pub on Duke Street. The London Tavern is situated on Duddon Road there is also the Duddon Sports and Social Club which ideally you should be a member but you may be allowed once or twice without paying the small membership fee.

Askam and Ireleth

Great Outdoors

Beach

Beach

View across Askam beach on low tide with views of the fells

Walking on the beach on a sunny day with it's open sandy areas as well as light shingle you could be forgiven for not knowing that this stretch of Cumbria is loosely termed "The Nuclear Coast".

To add to this pleasant location you are fortunate enough to get a magnificent view of the fells from Black Combe (left) all the way round to Coniston Old Man.

If you are looking to visit different parts of the Cumbria coast then Askam beach is well worth a short visit.

Askam and Ireleth

Golf Club

Golf Club

A unique course with Dunnerholme as part of the challenge

Dunnerholme golf course is quite unique.

Aside from it's slopes and gulleys that you find on most lush green golf courses it also has the Dunnerholme lime rock which elevates one hole on the course and means that the golfer is required to hit the ball upward onto the rock in order to continue play.

Askam and Ireleth

Walking

Walking

Walking through the fields in Ireleth can get you through to other towns and back onto the beach

Going south along the beach you can walk (at low tide) round the coastline to Roanhead or even to Sandscale as long as you bring your own provisions.

Going north you can have a 20-30 minute walk up to Dunnerholme which is a striking limestone rock and a good place to stop for a rest. Going back to Askam you can walk back the way you came from back to Duddon Road carpark or up to the pier. Another route is across the golf course into the public paths within fields in Ireleth. From there you can turn right and walk back onto Saves Lane.

Alternatively you can use public footpaths from Saves Lane Ireleth to walk all the way to potentially Kirkby-in-Furness and beyond.

Askam and Ireleth

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