Cumbria

Coastal Cumbria

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Overview

From Barrow-in-Furness head for Ulverston. Head west to reach Whitehaven on the coast before arriving at Workington. Pause at Cockermouth before heading to Buttermere in the Lakes. Take in Keswick before passing through Bassenthwaite. Head up to Bowness-on-Solway before crossing the border to Scotland and arriving in Gretna Green.

Barrow-in-Furness

The former iron, steel and ship-building centre, Barrow-in-Furness is home to a number of attractions including the Town Hall, Furness Abbey and The Dock Museum. Catch a ferry to the tiny Piel Castle from Roa Island or cross to Walney Island nature reserve which can be reached by bridge from Barrow Docks.

Ulverston

The Furness peninsula market town of Ulverston is the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home to the Laurel & Hardy Museum. Visit the Lakes Glass Centre and if you have the energy take a climb up Hoad Hill to Hoad Monument to be rewarded with stunning panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District.

Whitehaven

The Georgian town of Whitehaven marks the start of the 140 mile cycle tour to Ennerdale on the north east coast. Take in the pretty harbour, climb St. Nicholas Church tower, visit “The Castle”, Sir John Lowther’s former home, discover local history at the Beacon and take a tour of The Rum Story.

Workington

The ancient market town of Workington sits at the mouth of the River Derwent. Visit the Helena Thompson Museum and Workington Hall dating from the 14th century or the model farm Schoose Farm built in 1800.

Cockermouth

The birthplace of William Wordsworth, Cockermouth is a pretty town just outside of the Kale District National Park where the River Derwent and River Cocker meet. Take a tour of Wordsworth House and relax before setting off to explore the Lakes.

Buttermere

Pass through the village of Buttermere, pausing at the church of St. James to see the memorial to Albert Wainwright, the famous author and walker. Visit the tallest waterfall in the Lakes – Scale Force – before enjoying Buttermere Lake and the Buttermere Valley with peaks such as Haystacks and Buttermere Round.

Keswick

The bustling market town of Keswick is a hive of activity and often associated with Beatrix Potter. Explore the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery and the Pencil Museum, before enjoying water sports or the surrounding area on foot or by bike, including Borrowdale and Derwentwater – where you can take a lake cruise.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake is the village of Bassenthwaite, backdropped by the Skiddaw. Visit Armathwaite Hall and Mirehouse an historic house and gardens overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake. Take a tour of the Lakes Distillery before heading north.

Bowness-on-Solway

Located in the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bowness-on-Solway marks the start of Hadrian’s Wall, a designated National Trail stretching to the east coast. The surrounding area, including the famous Bowness Sands, is a haven for wildlife.

Gretna Green

Across the border in Scotland, Gretna Green near the main village of Gretna at the mouth of the River Esk is the world famous wedding venue. The area played an important part in ammunition manufacturing in WWI and you can explore the story of the factory at The Devil’s Porridge in East Riggs.

Overview

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Barrow-in-Furness

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10.4 miles

Ulverston

3
39.6 miles

Whitehaven

4
7.9 miles

Workington

5
7.7 miles

Cockermouth

6
10.4 miles

Buttermere

7
9.6 miles

Keswick

8
7.8 miles

Bassenthwaite Lake

9
25.7 miles

Bowness-on-Solway

10
21.2 miles

Gretna Green

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About the Coastal Cumbria Trail

Distance:140 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:1

Leave Barrow-in-Furness on the Furness peninsula and head for panoramic views from Ulverston before heading coastward and reaching the village of Whitehaven. Admire the views and continue along the coast to Workington before turning inland to the pretty town of Cockermouth. Head to the Lakes passing through scenic Buttermere and onto the bustling town of Keswick before arriving at Bassenthwaite to take in the views. Head north to reach the coast at Bowness-on-Solway before crossing the border to Scotland and arriving in Gretna Green, the wedding capital of the world.

Coastal Views

The Cumbrian coast is a haven for wildlife and rewards the visitor with fresh air, wonderful beaches and some stunning views. Enjoy the scenery and admire the coastal landscape as you trace the coastline.

Another Fine Mess

The world’s only Laurel & Hardy Museum is located at Ulverston, birthplace of Stan Laurel – explore the life and times of the legendary screen duo.

Natural Beauty

The lakes and mountains of the Lake District attract millions of visitors a year and form a stunning backdrop for various activities including walking, hiking, cycling and water sports.

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