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.
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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, at the beach or up a fell within 20 minutes’ drive – if you can tear yourself away from its wealth of attractions.
The Duddon Valley offers unrivalled walking with spectacular views - on the fells, through forest and woodland and along the river bank. There are a host of footpaths to explore where you can park up and picnic or go for a paddle. If paddling of a different kind appeals to you, canoeing is just one of the outdoor pursuits on offer, along with climbing and scrambling.
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.Even the Romans utilised the presence of the sea and its shoreline as added defence in the building of Hadrian's Wall, their great frontier sweeping along the Solway Firth and down the west coast as far as Ravenglass.
The Victorian seaside town of Silloth is a popular destination for its leisurely atmosphere, seaside recreation and spectacular sunsets.The natural indentation of the Solway Firth also influenced the building of Hadrian's Wall in AD 122, a 73-mile (117 km) frontier between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend that marked the northern extent of the Roman Empire.
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. From their base at Workington Hall, the Curwens developed the old town on the hill clustered around the market place and cobbled Portland Square.