Hunt for treasure on the beach

Duration:Full Day
Activity:For kids - things to do before you're 11¾

The great thing about beachcombing is it can be done by everyone whether your 1 or 100! From the free National Trust car park, it is a short walk to the the beach down the boardwalks, and on a good day you will be greated by an awsome view of the fells on the otherside of the estuary. The best shells are found along the high tide line and where it's a little "shingly". Along with shells you can find all sorts of sea life treasure, such as mermaid purses, sea potatoes and cuttlefish bones.

Further Information

Don't forget to check the tide table BBC Tide Table and of course the weather! Additional safety information is provided on the interpretation panel in the car park, also remember to wash your hands afterwards.

To identify your finds a good book is a must, we like Seashore Safaris by Judith Oakley, but there are lots more out there.

By Car: Travel along the A590 towards Barrow in Furness, look for a signpost for “Roanhead” that takes you to the right, across the other oncoming lane of the A road. This is now a small country lane. Turn left at the little t-junction onto Hawthwaite Lane, and follow it to the end where you will find the Sandscale Haws car park.

By Jo Day

Having looked across the Duddon Estuary to the lakeland fells for 3 years it was time to jump across and start working for the West Lakes team. It has been a big leap from a sand dune system but I'm getting stuck into the more practical side of "Rangering" and sharing my love of the ecological side of things with my new team. Hopefully I'll see you at our 50 things events here in Wasdale!?

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How to get here

Sandscale Haws / Roanhead Car Park

Hawthwaite Lane
Roanhead LA14 4

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

SD 199 755

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