Top 3 Lake District Beaches
Head to the Coast this Summer
It is not just the World Cup 2018 that is hotting up, as we move through June and into July the UK is forecast more high temperatures, clear skies and sunshine. Whilst a holiday in the Lake District is all about mountains and lakes, we’re also lucky to have one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK too.
Here we take you on a journey to 3 top Cumbrian coastal areas to visit when staying in the Lake District. Do let us know if you have any other favourites.
1. St. Bees, North Cumbria – Crabbing & Rock Pools
Whilst there’s a good stretch of sand at the St. Bees beach, it is the rock pools at St. Bees Head, below the geologically fascinating sandstone cliffside that beckon younger holidaymakers. Taking care, you can climb amongst the fallen sandstone slabs and explore the small rock pools.
From St. Bees Head you can either cross a small bridge and enjoy a stroll into the village, or take the Heritage Path along the clifftop to the stunning pebbly beach of Fleswick Bay and on to St. Bees Lighthouse.
This award-winning clean beach, one of the top in North West England, is also well serviced and so easy for day-trippers. Along the promenade you’ll find public toilets, a beach shop and tea rooms, picnic benches, lots of parking and a kids play park.
On the sandy beach, there’s lots of space for families to spread out with shallow pools that are great for younger kids to explore
Enjoy a less than 1-hour drive from Keswick, along Bassenthwaite Lake to arrive at St. Bees beach front.
View our Keswick Cottages.
2. Ravenglass, Central Cumbria – a Fishing Village with Mountain Backdrop
Head to Ravenglass to where the water from the River Irt tumbles from England’s highest peak, Scafell, into the Irish Sea.
Ravenglass, historically, has been the only coastal town that is actually within the Lake District National Park boundary, meaning you can climb some peaks when visiting also, such as Muncaster Fell and Whitfell. This also means that your beach photo’s come with a stunning mountain backdrop. Head to the dunes at Drigg, further north of Ravenglass for an open sandy beach with mountain views. The fisherman’s cottages that line the beachfront are what Ravenglass Beach is famous for and are worth a wonder as well as a walk along the beach walk. There are public toilets just off the main beach front street and a small children’s playground in the village centre.
The A595 brings visitors to this quaint fishing village, in just under an hour from Coniston and Lakeside and just over an hour from Ambleside.
Inland features to visit at Ravenglass are Muncaster Castle, the English Heritage owned Roman Bath House and the Lil Ratty at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
3. Silecroft, Haverigg & Millom, South Cumbria – Family Beaches
If you’re looking for a large sandy, clean beach then Haverigg is simply perfect and unexpected. Here little nippers can feel fine sand in their toes for the first time; older kids can take on Dad in a sand castle building competition; and wave chasing is a must. You can access Silecroft and Millom easily from Haverigg too.
Haverigg is Blue Flag awarded for cleanliness and is large enough for kite flying and horse riding. Whilst there are no restrictions on dogs on the sandy dunes, pooch must be kept on a lead around the RSBP Hodbarrow nature reserve, which attracts birds during nesting season.
The sea wall protecting the nature reserve is a nice feature and there’s a walk along it taking visitors past the restored lighthouse, through the nature reserve and past the pretty port and into Haverigg village. Back at the main beach front there’s parking, a children’s playground for older and young children, toilets and small beach cafe and shop. Visit at low tide, where you can walk to Silecroft or Millom beaches also.