For occasional or seasoned walkers and ramblers, there are many options on your doorstep.
There are many excellent walks in and around Whitehaven and with the Lake District National Park only minutes away, you’ll be sure to find something which suits.
Cumbrian Coast Line Rail Walks:
Whitehaven – Parton – Harrington
This walk starts from Whitehaven station and goes to Harrington. Alternatives are Whitehaven to Parton, Parton to Harrington and an extension to Workington and beyond. As it almost all follows a national cycle route it is equally good by cycle (which can be carried on the trains). Whitehaven to Parton is about 1½ miles and Parton to Harrington a further 4 miles. Most of it follows two disused railway lines.
The beaches at Drigg are a real hidden gem just waiting to be explored; they extend from the mouth of the River Irt in the south to the picturesque seaside village of Seascale in the north and are backed by a wild and rarely trodden range of dunes. This 4 mile walk from Drigg Station takes in Carl Cragg and Seascale and takes roughly 2 hours.
Eskdale & Ravenglass
Adjacent to the main line station at Ravenglass is the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. This narrow gauge steam railway heads east from Ravenglass and winds its way through the beautiful valley of Eskdale to its terminus at Dalegarth at the foot of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. It’s a superb way to access many delightful walks. This walk is 8 miles and takes around 4-5 hours
Silecroft Standing Stones
Between sea and mountains the narrow coastal strip at the southwest corner of Cumbria makes a superb place to stretch the legs. It’s easy to access the rolling network of lush pasture and wind-sculpted dunes leading down to expansive beaches. This walk takes around 2 hours and covers 4 miles.
The Coast to Coast – This renowned walk crosses three National Parks, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery. Starting beside the Irish Sea, you have wonderful walking through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down Swaledale. The North York Moors await you and beyond them the east coast. For more visit: http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/
The Go Lakes website has an abundance of walking ideas; there truly is something for everyone. Visit: http://www.golakes.co.uk/adventure-capital/walking-lake-district.aspx
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