Rampside Needle Lighthouse

Rampside Needle Lighthouse

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Rampside Needle Lighthouse:

This tall slim lighthouse can be found at Rampside close to Barrow-in Furness.

It is locally known as the Rampside Needle and is easily seen from nearby Piel Island.

Built in the 1875, it is the only surviving example of 13 such beacons erected around Barrow to guide vessels into the port.

It is 20 metres (66ft) tall and built of red and yellow bricks.

This distinctive elegant landmark is set south-east of Barrow-in-Furness just off Roa Island Road.

Rampside Lighthouse is Grade II designated building by English Heritage.

Incidentally, for visitors who want to get out to sea, the hugely popular Piel Island ferry service operates close-by.

Services to the island have started again following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The prospect of seeing seals just a few metres away from the boat makes the trips very popular with families.

Additionally, grey seals are easily spotted in the water around South Walney Nature Reserve, usually at high tide. At low tide the seals haul themselves out to ‘the spit’ at the far end of the reserve.

Piel Island has one pub, a camp site and a few cottages.

Interestingly, the landlord is crowned ‘King of Piel’ in a ceremony stretching back hundreds of years.

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