Lowsy Point and Scarth Bight Bay

Sandscale Haws Dune grass

If you like to get off the beaten track, head along the beach towards Sandscale’s lowest point – Lowsy Point and Scarth Bight Bay which look out onto Walney Island.

Lowsy point is the lowest-lying part of Sandscale hence its name which means ‘low sea’.  On this spit of lowland, you can see a scattering of about 19 privately-owned cabins some of which have been here since around 1900.

Sanderling sleeping at Sandscale Haws
Sandscale Haws Sanderling
Sanderling sleeping at Sandscale Haws

The saltmarsh at Scarth Bight Bay is a wonderful place to look out for wadings birds in the winter and stand and listen to their cries and calls. In summer plants like thrift and sea lavendar add real colour to the whole landscape.

Colourful sea thrift at Lowsy Point
Sandscale Haws sea thrift
Colourful sea thrift at Lowsy Point

To get to Lowsy Point you can park at the small car park (not National Trust), just off the A590 at Sandscale Park. Alternatively, it takes around half an hour to walk across the nature reserve from the National Trust car park or 45 minutes to an hour to walk around the shore.