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Packed with birdwatching opportunities, coastal walks and scenic rail trips, our coastal trail can help you make the most of your trip to the Western Lake District.

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Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Experience the thrill of a beach ride, the views on our fell rides, or an instructional hack through the scenic Whicham Valley on our lively Heavy Horses. Visit for a day, weekend or longer stays for a truly unique adventure.

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Haig Colliery Mining Museum

Haig Colliery Mining Museum

Haig Colliery Mining Museum is one of the finest surviving examples of an early 20th Century colliery. Be sure to take a walk along the coastal path to Candlestick Chimney, which ventilated the Wellington Pit.

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Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium

The Lake District Coast Aquarium is one of the best places to see the varied marine life of the Irish Sea. From freshwater to tropical reefs, rockpools to a ship wreck, the 50 displays are both innovative and informative.

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Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum

Located in a former public house where sailors stopped off between voyages on the high seas, the Maritime Museum showcases the social, maritime and industrial past of the historic town of Maryport, including its links with RMS Titanic.

Find out more here

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Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre

Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre

Our Lake District map and visitor guide are packed with where to go, what to see and where to stay to help you make the most of your days out and holidays in the Western Lake District.

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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Hop aboard one of the oldest, longest narrow gauge steam railways in the world. Our engines transport passengers through the hills with a one in 55 gradient from Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the national park to the valley of Eskdale.

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RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve

RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve

A mosaic of saltmarsh, peatbogs, farmland and wet grassland provide homes for a great variety of native wildlife. Trails lead to a wheelchair accessible hide to see where lapwings and redshanks breed in the summer and thousands of swans, ducks and geese spend the winter.

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RSPB St Bees Head Reserve

RSPB St Bees Head Reserve

Take a bracing walk along the cliff top path, on a fine day you can see the Isle of Man. Stop off at the three viewpoints to marvel at the largest seabird colony in north-west England – you may spot dolphins and porpoises.

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RSPB Hodbarrow

RSPB Hodbarrow

The great crested grebe was hunted almost to extinction in the UK for its ornate head plumes. They are now protected and at Hodbarrow you can see their amazing courtship dance as well as the chance to get up close to three species of tern.

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Senhouse Roman Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum

On cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth, this award winning museum is next to a Roman fort. The museum displays the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture.

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Solway Coast Discovery Centre

Solway Coast Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre provides helpful information about the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also doubles up as the Silloth-on-Solway Tourist Information Centre and Silloth Library.

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The Beacon

The Beacon

This award-winning museum explores the rich history of this fascinating corner of the Western Lake District. There are panoramic views of the Georgian town and harbour from the viewing gallery as well as a gift shop and restaurant.

Find out more here.

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The Colourful Coast (National Trust & RSPB Project)

The Colourful Coast (National Trust & RSPB Project)

Discover hidden gems of wildlife and history along the colourful coast between Whitehaven and St Bees. There are secluded beaches, towering cliffs, atmospheric ruins and a warm West Cumbrian welcome on the North West’s only stretch of Heritage Coast.

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The Rum Story

The Rum Story

Once one of England's busiest ports, Whitehaven's businesses were major players in the rum and ship building markets. The Rum Story shows how the town prospered but also illuminates the dark side to the rum trade - slavery.

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Eskdale Golf Club

Eskdale Golf Club

18 holes of challenging golf set in the majestic Eskdale Valley await visitors to this secluded parkland course. Stunning views and a layout that will test the most skilful player, Eskdale provides a great game.

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Silloth on Solway Golf Club

Silloth on Solway Golf Club

This Championship links course is situated on sand hills on the north west coast of Cumbria. Silloth on Solway Golf Club offers a great golf experience with panoramic views over the Solway Firth to Scotland and to Skiddaw and the Lakeland Hills.

Find out more here.

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Cumbrian Heavy Horses
Haig Colliery Mining Museum
Lake District Coast Aquarium
Maryport Maritime Museum
Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
RSPB Campfield Marsh Reserve
RSPB St Bees Head Reserve
RSPB Hodbarrow
Senhouse Roman Museum
Solway Coast Discovery Centre
The Beacon
The Colourful Coast (National Trust & RSPB Project)
The Rum Story
Eskdale Golf Club
Silloth on Solway Golf Club