As I was thinking of the many reasons why you should visit Furness, I thought I would share one of my favourites with you. Less than 10 minutes drive from the centre of Barrow-in-Furness is Gleaston, an attractive village with a fascinating history.
Today it is largely a commuter village for the nearby towns, but it’s past is still visible in the remains of Gleaston Castle and Gleaston Water Mill.
A charming village it feels like the sun is always shining. There are a good few walks leading from Gleaston. It has a close proximity to the coast and to Birkrigg Common, which boasts panoramic views across Morecambe Bay.
Gleaston’s tranquil setting makes it a walkers dream and an ideal place to cycle or partake in a spot of Horse Riding.
And when you have expended all your energy, you can refuel at Dusty Miller’s Cafe , whom “serve ‘mouth watering’ scones and ‘legendary’ tiffin in addition to a superb selection of delicious hot and cold food, homemade with quality local produce”. With it’s charming interior and fabulous food you are given a friendly welcome at this licensed Tea shop.
Next door you will find Pig’s Whisper which is described as “The perfect place to find all things piggy” and it is!!! Housed in The Mill, which has been loving restored, there is also public access to a working water corn mill. A converted Pig-Sty is now a holiday cottage.
Located nearby and within easy walking distance of the Mill you can find Gleaston Castle, first mentioned specifically in 1389, it is generally assumed that the castle was begun by Sir John, 1st Baron Harington at around the time he was summoned to Parliament in 1326. It is possible that part of the structure is earlier and was built as a defence against the Scots who posed a serious threat to the area following Edward I’s campaigns and Robert Bruce’s assumption of the Scottish throne.
The walls are made of limestone quarried near the site, whilst details such as window and door surrounds are made of a soft red sandstone. Whilst it is not safe to access the ruins due to the state of disrepair the Castle is easily viewed from the roadside.
This beautiful lowland village boasts a fantastic playground for the younger child and probably one of the best and biggest village greens, giving you plenty of space to have a picnic, play football with the older children and throw a frisbee for the dog.
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