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Western Lake District

With secluded beaches, tranquil lakes and rugged mountains, the Western Lake District is overflowing with natural beauty. Home to England's highest mountain, Scafell, and it's deepest lake, Wastwater, this is a special place just waiting to be explored.

The area has a rich story to tell. Iron Age forts and historic harbours, with tales of smuggling, spices and a rich maritime heritage. Marvel at the views from St Bees Head, the beach is the start of the famous Wainwright 'Coast to Coast' walk. Later stop off at the Georgian town of Whitehaven and Roman town of Maryport. Then there is Cockermouth; which is the birthplace of famous poet, William Wordsworth.

Close at hand are Bassenthwaite, one of the famous Cumbrian lakes and Whinlatter, England's only true mountain forest.

Eskdale and Ennerdale valleys are true monuments to the beauty of the area and with a busy social calender across the area, the Western Lakes is a must to visit.

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The interactive map below shows details of the different towns and places of interest in the Western Lake District.
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Western Lake District
Buttermere Loweswater and Ennerdale
Buttermere

Buttermere, Loweswater & Ennerdale

The Buttermere Valley is a picture postcard of blue ribbon lakes, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater, ‘knotted' together at the small villages of Buttermere and Loweswater, like ‘a string of pearls each connected to the next'.
Cockermouth
Cockermouth

Cockermouth

The very pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is the gateway to the largely undiscovered Western Lake District. It’s a lovely place to stay and the added bonus is you can be on a lakeshore.
Maryport Allonby and Aspatria
Maryport

Maryport, Allonby & Aspatria

Maryport has always had a close affinity with the sea, from its earliest fishing days to the busy docks and sea-faring ships of the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Ravenglass Muncaster and Eskdale
Ravenglass

Ravenglass, Muncaster & Eskdale

The green fields and woodlands of the valley of Eskdale, complete with the sparkling thread of the river Esk, penetrate deep into the central Lakeland fells.
Silloth
Silloth

Silloth

The Victorian seaside town of Silloth is a popular destination for its leisurely atmosphere, seaside recreation and spectacular sunsets.
Duddon Valley
Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley offers unrivalled walking with spectacular views - on the fells, through forest and woodland and along the river bank.
Whitehaven
Whitehaven

Whitehaven & St Bees

The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world.
Workington
Workington

Workington

Workington was built on the bedrock of coal, its reserves exploited by the Curwen family who reaped huge wealth and prosperity from the underground resources.

What's On

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There is a wide variety of events taking place in the Western Lakes throughout the year. Check out the events calendar and see what's on in this area.
 
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Things to do

There are loads of things to do in and around the Western Lakes.
Here is a selection. Click on the items below to see more detailed information.
Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass

Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!

The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

Whitehaven

Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection.

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport

The museum illustrates the maritime, social and industrial history of Maryport, using objects, paintings and story boards in themed galleries.

Gincase Farm Park

The Gincase

Silloth

This has something for everyone. The Farm Park has lots of friendly farm animals in 16 paddocks, large Playbarn with huge indoor play area and more; a Cumbrian Craft Barn and Tearoom.

The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth

Following a £9m investment and three years' development, The Lakes Distillery officially opened its doors in December 2014 and since then, they have become one of Cumbria's leading award winning tourist attractions.

The Rum Story

The Rum Story

Whitehaven

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Jennings Brewery

Jennings Brewery

Cockermouth

Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village or Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle.

Senhouse Roman Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum

Maryport

An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Valley

At Duddon Mosses you'll discover one of England's few remaining peatland habitats, with striking views over the Lakeland Fells and the sea.

Rosehill Theatre

Rosehill Theatre

Whitehaven

Our vision is to be a local theatre of national significance, presenting and producing first class arts and entertainment alongside a vibrant programme of creative learning work to engage young people and others in the community.

Plaza Cinema, Workington

Plaza Cinemas

Workington

6 screen independent cinema. Free parking, 3D films, disabled access, snack kiosk and bar.

Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium Maryport

Maryport

The Lake District Coast Aquarium opened in May 1997 and contains 65+ themed tanks containing a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline.

Elvastone Circle

Elvastone Circle

Cockermouth

The 15 stones, of which the tallest is just under one metre, form an almost perfect circle some 40 metres in diameter. Only 15 stones of the original 30 remain.

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Seascale

The present circle of 10 standing stones, 80' diameter, was restored in 1949. A low oval mound at the centre produced burnt bone fragments and part of a jet ring.

Lacra Stone Circle

Lacra Stone Circles

Millom

Remnants of five stone circles and two possible stone avenues, circles range from 14' to 60', one of them having contained a cremation.

Eskdale Moor / Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale Moor/Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale

Several stone circles and many small cairns are visible on the moor. The circles are distinguished by the occurance within them of small cairns. Construction date is thought to be around 2000BC.

Gretigate Stone Circles

Gretigate Stone Circles

Seascale

Three circles and nine small cairns. The south circle is 104' across, the north-west is 72' with a low central cairn. The third is immediately north of the second, it is 24' across and also encloses a small cairn.

Swinside Stone Circle

Swinside Stone Circle

Millom

Originally know as Sunkenkirk, consists of 50 stones at the foot of Black Combe. Access is via a long farm track from a minor road branching off the A595. Well worth the walk!

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Workington

Stone circle is now incomplete and has a modern wall cutting through it, incorporating one stone. Eleven others survive, some only a few inches high.

Creche

Whitehaven Sports Centre

Whitehaven

Run by qualified staff, children under five can be booked into our creche for up to two hours while you take part in a fitness class or other activity at the centre.

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