Furness

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Furness is a peninsula in north-west England. The peninsula juts out into the Irish Sea and delineates the western edge of Morecambe Bay, and the southern end of the peninsula is dominated by the bay's tidal mudflats. The long thin island of Walney lies off the peninsula's west coast. The northern part of Furness is within the Lake District National Park.

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Furness is the detached area, "over the sands", north west of the main part of Lancashire
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Historically the area was a detached part of the traditional county of Lancashire bordering Cumberland to the north-west and Westmorland to the north-east (see Three Shire Stone). It was known as "Lancashire beyond the sands [of Morecambe Bay]" or "north of the sands" or "over the sands" as in Grange-over-Sands.

In 1974 it became part of the administrative county of Cumbria. At the district level, it is now consists of Barrow Borough and part of South Lakeland.

Some people, particularly those born or brought up in the area, prefer to retain the designation "Lancashire".

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in Furness include:

Rivers and lakes

Railways

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