Cumbria Coastal Way
Explore the wonderful coastline of Cumbria on this splendid long distance path. The walk begins at Silverdale and runs through a series of fascinating Cumbrian coastal towns and villages, before finishing near Gretna on the border with Scotland. Spectacular cliff tops, peaceful estuaries, beaches, mountains, rivers and canals are all features on this popular route.
- Silverdale, Lancashire
- Barrow in Furness
- Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve
- Broughton in Furness
- The coastal town of Millom and the lovely Hodbarrow Lakes Nature Reserve
- St. Bees
- St Bees Head
- Burgh by Sands
The video below shows the lovely views from Grange-Over-Sands and Arnside. From here you can see the Lake District Mountains and Morecambe Bay in the distance.
The walk has been designed for all abilities with very few strenuous climbs. It is also very accessible with train stations and bus routes dotted along the route. The walk is well waymarked with a dark green and yellow disc.
Cumbria Coastal Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cumbria Coastal Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cumbria Coastal Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cumbria Coastal Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In the village of St Bees you could head to the 17th century Queens Hotel which has a cosy country pub atmosphere with oak beams and log fires in winter. They do good food which can be taken in the nice conservatory or the terraced garden bar on warmer days. They also provide accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the hotel near the train station on 130 Main St, with a postcode of CA27 0DE for your sat navs. The climb to the fine viewpoint at Warton Crag can also be started from here.
In Allonby there's the 17th century Ship Inn. They serve good quality food and also provide rooms if you wish to stay in the area.
Notably the authors Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins stayed there in 1857. Dickens described The Ship as "a capital little homely inn looking out upon the sea...a clean nice place in a rough wild country". You can find them on the Main Street at postcode CA15 6QF for your sat navs. The inn is dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near the start of the walk in Silverdale you could pay a visit to the lovely Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. The RSPB reserve is a great place for wildlife watching with many water loving birds visiting the lakes and marshland.