GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cumbria Coastal Way

182 miles (293 km)

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.

Walk highlights include Morecambe Bay, the Solway Coast, the Lake District mountains, the red sandstone cliffs of St. Bees Head, a waterside section along the River Eden into Carlisle and views of Hadrian's Wall.
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 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.

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.


Shore Cottages, Silverdale - - 1096792

Shore Cottages, Silverdale

Nesting Kittiwakes on North Head - - 1192633

Nesting Kittiwakes on North Head. The cliffs of North Head, from Fleswick Bay northwards, have ledges eroded in the sandstone, which provide ideal nesting sites for Kittiwakes, visible only from the sea. In April or May, a sea kayak trip from St. Bees to Whitehaven gives an opportunity to see the cliff nests at very close quarters.

Sand dunes at Sandscale Haws - - 849938

Sand dunes at Sandscale Haws Sandscale Haws is a 264 hectare National Nature Reserve managed by the National Trust. Sand dunes, such as these adjacent to Duddon Sands, form a major part of reserve. The northern tip of Walney Island is visible in the distance (right).

Dunes near Sandscale Haws - - 849627

Dunes near Sandscale Haws on the Duddon Estuary near Dalton in Furness. This small area of sand dunes between the National Trust car park and the beach is protected from walkers by barriers. The distant windfarm (centre left) is on Hare Slack Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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