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 landlord of the 17th-century Ship Inn, was crowned King in a ceremony in July 2008.
This fascinating island also boasts a ruined 14th-century castle and campsite.
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.
Finally, the travel time by car from Lothlorien is about 45 minutes.