More than just lakes and mountains, Cumbria boasts more than 100 miles of stunning coastline from the Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay.

The Cumbrian coast has a rich variety of experiences to excite visitors, from the towering sandstone cliffs that dominate the Heritage Coast at St Bees, to something a bit different at Whitehaven’s Rum Story museum. Don’t miss a visit to Ravenglass, the Lake District National Park’s only coastal village, and take time to explore Muncaster Castle and enjoy a trip on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

Dates are yet to be announced, but a 40-mile trail linking Millom to Whitehaven (part of the England Coast Path) featuring a new arts trail, Deep Time, involving several artists working in media such as paint, sculpture and audio, will pen in 2021.

The North West coastline offers lots of opportunities to get active, including the 81-mile ‘Bay Cycleway’ which takes riders through the Arnside & Silverdale area of outstanding natural beauty.

Get back to nature with a visit to one of the many nature reserves and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North West coast, including Walney Island which is home to two nature reserves, or spot wild fallow deer at Holker Hall and Gardens.

Under the shadow of Black Combe (2,000 ft high), the Duddon Estuary offers easy access to salt marshes and sandy beaches, while Silecroft is ideal for a coastal stroll, horse-riding or even a spot of water-skiing.

From Ravenglass, the path winds through the harbour town of Whitehaven, home of The Beacon Museum – with tales a-plenty of Vikings, Victorians and local rum.


Find out more about Cumbria and plan your staycation here.

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