Piel Island – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria:
This quiet and seemingly remote island is about a mile off the shore of Walney Island close to Barrow in Furness.
The island was once under the control of the monks of nearby Furness Abbey.
This 52-acre stretch of shingle beach and wildflower scrubland is without electricity and only one permanent resident, the ‘King’ of Piel.
Steve Chattaway, who is the retiring landlord of the 17th-century Ship Inn, became King in a crowning ceremony in July 2008.
Bestowing the ‘King of Piel’ is a tradition handed down over the centuries.
The new ‘Kings’ ceremony involves being sworn in.
The ‘king’ sits in the ancient carved wooden throne, wearing a helmet and holding a sword.
In addition, alcohol is then poured over their head.
This fascinating island also boasts a ruined 14th-century castle and camp site.
If you visit with children you can spend many happy hours playing on the beach or collecting shells.
Additionally, you can try to spot seals at the water’s edge.
At low tide, you can walk out to Piel Island from Walney or catch the Piel Island ferry from Roa Island.
Incidentally, the ferry price is reasonable (at around five pounds each) and takes a few minutes to cross the Piel Channel.
Finally, if you drive along the scenic coast road from Ulverston, you will experience the beauty of the Furness peninsula.
In May 2021, the Piel community is looking for a new landlord for the island’s only pub, the Ship Inn.
The role of landlord is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There is so much more to the island than just running the pub!
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