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.
The interactive map below shows details of the different towns and places of interest in the Western Lake District.
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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.
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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.
Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection.
The museum illustrates the maritime, social and industrial history of Maryport, using objects, paintings and story boards in themed galleries.
A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.
Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.
Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.
At Duddon Mosses you'll discover one of England's few remaining peatland habitats, with striking views over the Lakeland Fells and the sea.
6 screen independent cinema. Free parking, 3D films, disabled access, snack kiosk and bar.
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.
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.
Remnants of five stone circles and two possible stone avenues, circles range from 14' to 60', one of them having contained a cremation.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.