Cumbrian coast

Lighthouse on Walney Island

For most people Cumbria is all about the countryside – the lakes and the mountains, the valleys and the moors. But many forget that Cumbria also boasts over 150 miles of coastline from Grange over Sands and Morecambe Bay in the south to the Solway Firth in the north. After Morecambe Bay the coastline stretches northwards taking in small seaside resorts, spectacular cliffs, marshes teeming with birdlife and towns with fascinating industrial histories, before meeting the wide estuary of the Solway Firth. There are a number of small, traditional seaside resorts along the coast – St Bees, Allonby, Seascale and Silloth all have fine beaches. St Bees sits in a deep valley with its long sandy beach. Nearby is the rocky promontory of St Bees Head, the westernmost point of Cumbria. Rising to a height of over 300 metres it has an RSPB bird reserve with one of the largest colonies of sea birds on the west coast of England. It is also the start of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk that ends in Robin Hood’s Bay. Allonby boasts a five-mile long crescent-shaped bay with a gently sloping shingle and sand beach which made the village a popular sea-bathing resort as far back as the 18th century. Today it retains much of its Georgian and Victorian charm, with cobbled lanes, curious corners to explore, and some interesting old houses. Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here, three rivers meet (Esk, Irt, and Mite) to form an estuary and natural harbour. From being an important Roman port and fishing town where ships once docked at the end of its main street, Ravenglass is now better known as the home of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Trains make the 40-minute journey, first skirting the bank of the estuary, then climbing along the flank of Muncaster fell to Eskdale, progressing to its terminus along the valley at Dalegarth, near the foot of Lakeland’s highest mountains. The coastal region of West Cumbria has a fascinating industrial history. Shipbuilding, coal and iron ore mining, steel making, and chemical manufacture have all been major employers, none of which exist anymore. Whitehaven developed from a small fishing village into an important port in the 18th century for the shipping of coal and stone. Its claim to fame is that it was the last English town to be invaded by foreign forces, when it came under attack in 1788 by John Paul Jones during the American War of Independence. Workington, at the mouth of the River Derwent, is another former industrial port, complete with disused steelworks, that has rediscovered its former glory. Once a coal port that fell into decline, Maryport is now an attractive coastal town, with sailing, summer festivals, and a long seafaring heritage. The only major industrial employer now is the nuclear facility at Sellafield, near Seascale.

Cottages on the Cumbrian Coast
High Lowscales Check availability High Lowscales Farm, ,
Sleeps 11 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £11572768 per week * Ref: CC3361
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High Lowscales Farm is a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western Lakes, between the beautiful countryside of the Whicham and Duddon Valleys. This detached, Georgian farmhouse is set in 17 acres and has spectac...
Check availability Muncaster View, ,
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £244564 per week * Ref: CC2985
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This is one of three pet friendly Ravenglass cottages enjoying stunning views and located on a working farm just a mile from the village. Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here thre...
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Sleeps 3 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £194422 per week * Ref: CC2984
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This is one of three pet friendly Ravenglass cottages enjoying stunning views and located on a working farm just a mile from the village. Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here thre...
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Sleeps 3 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £229484 per week * Ref: CC2983
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This is one of three pet friendly Ravenglass cottages enjoying stunning views and located on a working farm just a mile from the village. Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here thre...
Check availability Ashlea, ,
Sleeps 5 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £280564 per week * Ref: CC2883
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This 300-year old mid terraced holiday cottage backs onto the beach (private access from the yard) and enjoys sea views (free boat mooring available). Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Pa...
Check availability Yew Tree Cottage, ,
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £473942 per week * Ref: CC2574
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In a stunning location two miles from Ravenglass this detached holiday cottage provides accommodation of a very high standard. Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here three rivers meet...
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Sleeps 8 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5031184 per week * Ref: CC2572
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A charming detached, mullioned window cottage, with a secluded garden two miles from the village of Ravenglass, the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. Here three rivers meet (Esk, Irt, and Mite) to form...