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Roa Island Lifeboat Station
March 25, 2010, 11:31 pm
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Barrow Lifeboat Station (Roa Island)

RNLI Lifeboat Station at Roa Island

Barrow Lifeboat station (located at Roa Island) is the busiest of the 4 RNLI stations in Cumbria. It is built on concrete stilts because the tides can be very high on this coast.


Roa Island Wreck
March 24, 2010, 5:46 pm
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abandoned wreck at the side of the Roa Island causeway

abandoned wreck - approaching Roa Island

Someone has named this boat Petal – I wonder if that was her name when she was seaworthy? Abandoned, and resembling the carcass of a dead whale, she now provides a sad but fascinating composition for passing photographers. The location is the beach at the side of the Roa Island causeway – approaching Roa village.

Roa Island lifeboat station and ferry pier
April 28, 2009, 10:29 pm
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Roa Island lifeboat station

 this is the 5th Roa Island lifeboat station. The first was built in 1864 and this one was opened in 2001. The pier is where the Piel Island ferry (12 passengers max) arrives and departs. Be careful in high winds – on our last visit a resident told us that she was blown off!


the ferryman begins his day
April 26, 2009, 10:57 am
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starting the day

starting the day

Try not to panic when the ferryman arrives and picks up a tiny rowing boat which he carries down the jetty! His beetle-like shell is NOT your conveyance to Piel Island. He’s about to row out to where the real ferry is moored. ‘Enterprise 2’ – a far less alarming prospect – will be with you shortly.

Return to Roa
April 24, 2009, 12:39 pm
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the return ferry from Piel Island

the return ferry from Piel Island

The ferry leaves Roa at 11:00 each day (from Easter). No charge for the outward journey to Piel Island – but £4 to get back! (Do not be tempted to swim the kilometre of treacherous currents – just pay up.) The service may not always run on time – we waited to photograph it leaving the next day but by 11:30 no one had arrived so we gave up. Charming unpredictability?

The small ferry is called Enterprise 2 . When we travelled it was worryingly full of campers (with a huge amount of equipment and supplies) for the outward journey – I couldn’t help wondering what happened to Enterprise 1! 
I have to report that the journey was both enjoyable and completely safe.