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Top 5 Cumbrian Coastal Walks: Sea Views, History & Nature

Cumbria’s beauty isn’t confined to the Lake District’s fells. The county boasts a stunning coastline, offering dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and a rich tapestry of history and wildlife. Lace up your walking boots and explore these five unforgettable Cumbrian coastal walks:

Coastal Walk 1. Black Combe:

Embark on a challenging but rewarding hike up Black Combe (600m). The panoramic 360 views from the summit stretch across the Irish Sea, towards the Isle of Man, and the Lake District fells. Be prepared for some steep sections as you climb from sea level.


Coastal Walk 2. Hodbarrow Nature Reserve:

Immerse yourself in Cumbria’s industrial heritage on this easy 3-mile loop through Hodbarrow Nature Reserve. Explore the site of the former iron mines, walk alongside the Hodbarrow Lagoon, a haven for birdlife, and enjoy panoramic views of the Duddon Estuary. Learn about the area’s industrial past and the ongoing transformation into a haven for wildlife.


Coastal Walk 3. Muncaster Fell to Eskdale Green:

Embark on a moderate 5-mile hike from Muncaster Fell, with its dramatic coastal views, to the charming hamlet of Eskdale Green. The route winds along the fell through the Eskdale Valley. Enjoy the tranquility of the River Esk as you make your way along the route. 


Coastal Walk 4. Haverigg to Silecroft:

This easy 4-mile coastal path takes you from the sandy beach at Haverigg to the small village of Silecroft. Stroll along the dunes, keeping an eye out for playful seabirds and colorful wildflowers. Once you reach Silecroft grab a bite to eat at a local pub before heading back. 

Coastal Walk 5. St Bees to Whitehaven:

For the experienced walkers, the St Bees Head walk to Whitehaven is a must following the Cumbria Coastal Way. This challenging 8-mile route traverses dramatic red sandstone cliffs, offering stunning coastal vistas and the chance to spot nesting seabirds. Visit the ruins of St Bees Priory, a former monastery, and end your trek in the historic harbor town of Whitehaven.


Cumbria Coastal Way:

For the ultimate exploration of Cumbria’s stunning coastline, consider the Cumbria Coastal Way. This epic 182-mile trail stretches from the Scottish border to Morecambe Bay, encompassing all the beauty and diversity mentioned in these shorter walks. Trek through charming villages, past historical sites, and along dramatic cliffs, all while breathing in the fresh sea air. The Cumbria Coastal Way is a challenge for experienced walkers, but the rewards – in scenery, wildlife encounters, and a true sense of accomplishment – are truly unmatched.


Want to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of the Cumbrian Coast? Consider basing yourself in one of our charming coastal cottages. Damson Cottage in Waberthwaite sleeps 6 and 3 furry companions, while Hodbarrow House in Millom offers a cosyretreat for 2. Both locations provide the perfect base to unwind after a day of exploring the dramatic coastline, with easy access to different sections of the Cumbria Coastal Way. This way, you can create a multi-day itinerary perfectly suited to your pace and interests.

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