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Explore Spicy Secrets and Roman Rambles on the Heritage Coast

Cumbria is more than just lakes and mountains. We also have 100 miles of stunning shoreline to explore, making it perfect for family fun and all easily accessed by train on the Cumbrian Coast line.

Stretching from Bowness-on-Solway in the north down to Morecambe Bay in the south, this special shoreline takes in stunning beaches and a fascinating past.


Coastal walk

Step off the train in the port town of Whitehaven. Once one of the busiest ports in England, the waterfront is just a short walk away from the Rum Story attraction, which tells the thought-provoking story of Cumbria’s connections to the rum and spice trade.

There are also tales of Blackbeard and piracy on the high seas, smugglers and Nelson's navy, along with Whitehaven's maritime past and the renowned Jefferson family - creators of the famous 1785 Jefferson's rum.

Back at the harbourside, head to The Beacon Museum, where you’ll be intrigued by some fascinating facts about the area. From Viking silver to Victorian trading ships, a vibrant collection of historic objects and artwork is accompanied by a blend of local and touring exhibitions throughout the year.

Then take the short train ride back up the coast to Maryport, a bustling harbour town with Roman roots and a rich maritime past. Arriving at Maryport station, it’s just a short stroll to the harbour. Based here is the Lake District Coast Aquarium, boasting 75+ themed tanks with a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline.

This is also a great location for a Roman themed ramble, starting at the Maryport Maritime Museum. Taking in spectacular views of the Solway Firth, this 3 mile route meanders into the Solway Coast’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and includes the Senhouse Roman Museum, which houses some of the most important archaeological finds in Europe.

Coastal walk

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