Local Days Out

With secluded beaches, tranquil lakes and rugged mountains, the Western Lake District is overflowing with natural beauty.

Home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell, and it’s deepest lake, Wastwater, this is a special place just waiting to be explored. The area has a rich story to tell. Iron Age forts and historic harbours, with tales of smuggling, spices and a rich maritime heritage. Marvel at the views from St Bees Head, the beach is the start of the famous Wainwright ‘Coast to Coast’ walk. Later stop off at the Georgian town of Whitehaven and Roman town of Maryport.

Then there is Cockermouth; which is the birthplace of famous poet, William Wordsworth. Close at hand are Bassenthwaite, one of the famous Cumbrian lakes and Whinlatter, England’s only true mountain forest. Eskdale and Ennerdale valleys are true monuments to the beauty of the area and with a busy social calendar across the area, the Western Lakes is a must to visit.


The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in December 1964. The designation was in recognition of the quality of its landscape and the significant historic and scientific interest. It stretches from Rockcliffe in the north to Maryport in the south. It covers about 115 square km of Allerdale. A good way to start exploring this fascinating area is taking a Secret Solway Tour. Or see the Solway with a new perspective with a Virtual Reality experience. Try virtual cycling, taking in the big horizons or enjoying a majestic sunset. New! Explore the Solway with the new The Solway Cumbrian Coast Beach & Explorers Guide.