Lake District Holidays by Cumbrian Cottages
Most people visiting the Lake District head for the fells for a bracing walk up one of the many mountains that make Cumbria so famous. But many forget that Cumbria also boasts over 150 miles of coastline from Grange over Sands and Morecambe Bay in the south to the Solway Firth in the north.
The area around Silloth-on-solway is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the bustling seaside ports of Whitehaven and Maryport are popular with tourists seeking a seaside holiday. St Bees, just south of Whitehaven marks the starting point of the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk and has a sand and pebble beach which overlooks some of the most dramatic sandstone cliffs which soar over 300 feet high. Dogs are also allowed on the beach which is a real bonus.
And of course you can enjoy your holiday cottage on the Cumbrian coast at any time of the year; what could be better than a bracing autumn walk on the beach with the dog before returning to your cosy cottage for a pot of tea and hot buttered toast!
Search through our selection of cottages that are ideal for that perfect beach holiday in the Lake District.
Seascale is a small attractive seaside village, rich in Victorian history thanks to the introduction of the Furness Railway in the 1850’s. The railway was opened to enhance Seascales status as a holiday destination and this hasn’t changed today. With the bracing sea air, clean sandy beaches and safe bathing it’s the perfect place to enjoy a great beach in the Lake District.
The wooden Jetty acts as a focal point for fishing, beach casting, wind surfing and water skiing and provides the starting point for many great walks.
Silecroft is a pleasant coastal village with adjoining beach all overlooked by the 600 metres height of Black Combe. The large expanse of the child friendly sand and pebble beach allows plenty of space for some holiday activities such as angling, kiting and horse riding.
The beach has a good set of amenities with a large parking area right by the bay, toilet facilities and ice cream van (an essential in the summer!)
Black Combe offers a great fell walk to contrast with your beach visit. From the summit (and on a clear day) Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and 14 counties of England can be seen!
St Bees Beach – Here you will find a gently sloping shingle beach with dozens of varieties of rocks stretching for nearly a mile. The sandy areas are accessible at all times except for two or three hours on either side of high tide, when only the shingle is clear of the water. It’s a great family friendly beach with it winning an award for cleanliness and at the same time permitting dogs even in peak seasons!
Once you have had a dip in the chilly Irish sea you can warm up with a brisk stroll along the clifftop path going north from St Bees. This route takes you to Fleswick Bay, between St Bees and St Bees Head and is the first part of the famous Coast to Coast Walk.
Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve on the headland where England’s only colony of Black Guillemots can be spotted. Puffins, terns and other sea birds can also be viewed with special observation and information points all along the headland.
This heritage coast with dramatic cliffs and striking red sandstone offer excellent views north to Scotland and across to the Isle of Man.
Walney Island is connected to the mainland via a bridge which leads to the town of Barrow-in-Furness. The island is around eleven miles long and less than a mile wide at its widest point however it boasts over ten miles of beautiful unspoilt coastline with spectacular views of the Lakeland fells.
There are two spots on Walney Island which are popular with the locals and tourists alike. Earnse and The Tip are quite large, very gently shelving sandy beaches with no real hazard. Walney Island also has two fantastic nature reserves, North and South Walney. Both of which are a haven for wildlife thanks to the sand dunes, shingle, open pools, salt marshes and mudflats that are so typical of this area.