An exciting new series of ten interpretation panels along the scenic Furness Line was unveiled on Monday 29 July at the Carnforth Heritage Centre. The panels celebrate the wonderful cultural and natural heritage of Morecambe Bay and the historic Furness railway. Acting as signposts from each railway station, the panels will encourage people to explore important landmarks and visitor points in the local area.
The project is a joint initiative between Morecambe Bay Partnership and Furness Line Community Rail Partnership and has benefitted from the valuable input of many local stakeholders, station adopters, Northern, local councillors and many more.
John Owen, vice chair of Furness Line Community Partnership, cut the ribbon to officially launch the panels and celebrate the collaboration between the various partners. Project lead, Michelle Cooper from Morecambe Bay Partnership, has spearheaded the successful delivery of this inspiring initiative.
The panels have been achieved thanks to funding secured by Morecambe Bay Partnership from the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Headlands to Headspace Landscape Partnership Scheme 2014-19 & the Coastal Communities Fund.
The Furness Line Route offers spectacular seascape views across the tidal sands and passes places rich in history and wildlife. These beautifully designed, vibrant panels, now displayed at stations around the Furness Line offer a fresh incentive to discover or rediscover the unique heritage around Morecambe Bay’s coastline. Lookout for landmarks along the way with the handy accompanying ‘window gazer’ leaflet, available at Furness Line stations from August.