Millom and Hodbarrow nature reserve circular walk

8 miles (13km)

3 hours

Station: Millom

Terrain: solid roads and paths with large puddles in places, beach and a little grass – boots are recommended

Refreshments: Trackside café at the station and other places in Millom

Toilets at station and in park

From the southbound platform turn left from the station and over the bridge. Northbound either go up the steps near the front of the train or from the back of the platform turn right past the supermarket. Go through Market Square. Turn left at the end onto St George’s Terrace. At no 14 is a coffee shop with a plaque above to Norman Nicholson, the poet who is Millom’s most famous son and lived here all his life. Back at the square continue past St George’s church where you can find Norman’s grave and the north window which is dedicated to him. Continue along St George’s Road past the park up to the infant school on your left and then straight on along Devonshire Road. Pass the Devonshire Hotel and opposite the industrial estate follow the brown Millom Ironworks LNR (local nature reserve) sign on the left. There is a small stile and an interpretation board at the entrance. This is one of the main sites for the rare natterjack toads. Go left and follow the path to a wider path to the right along the Duddon estuary. All the way along are good views across into Furness with Barrow on the right. Looking back from the beach is the long shape of Black Combe. After a while go through the gate labelled Port Millom and continue until the path reaches the beach. Turn right and after it becomes stonier there is a line of wooden posts with trees to the right. Go through the gate on your right and immediately through another on the left. Follow the path to a public footpath sign and turn right. The grassy path becomes a paved road leading to Hodbarrow Lake nature reserve with interpretation panels. You could carry on to Haverigg but turn right on the footpath beside the road. At a public byway sign turn right onto Mainsgate Road which leads back to the infant school and left to the station.

For a walk with wheelchairs or pushchairs just go out along Maingate Road and explore Hodbarrow.