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Millom is a small town situated on the west coast of Cumbria, close to the western side of the Lake District National Park and on the north shore of the River Duddon estuary, approx 6 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness and 26 miles south of Whitehaven.

Originally a small settlement with a few farms until Iron Ore was discovered at Hodbarrow in the mid 19th century, after which the town prospered, largely expanding around the ironworks, one of the largest sites of it's type in the world at the time. A railway station called Holborn Hill Halt was built around the same time. Millom prospered and it's population grew to more than 10,000 people by the mid-1960s.

The Hodbarrow mines and Millom iron works closed in 1968 and little evidence of the iron and steel activity now remains, however Millom Museum has some excellent displays of that historical industrial past. The town now has a statue honouring this - the statue known as 'The Scutcher', designed and constructed by local craftsmen.

The Scutcher at Millom

The town now plays host to a number of landmarks including the Millom Discovery Centre, which shows the town's historical industrial past; Millom Palladium, a theatre bar and venue; The Beggar's Theatre, and Hardknott Brewery. Millom is also situated very close to two nature reserves, located on ther Duddon Estuary - Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, south of the town and Millom Iron Works Local Nature Reserve, which is located to the east of the town. Both nature reserves are important for a number of wading birds, waterfowl and tern species.

Nearby Silecroft Beach is a stunning stretch of beach with spectacular sunsets and the famous Black Combe Fell standing majestically behind. On a bright and clear day, you may be able to see the Isle of Man from here.

Silecroft Beach, Cumbria

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