The Western Lake District is an area of great diversity and contrasts, with famous lakes, awesome mountains and dramatic coastline. Home to Britain’s deepest lake, Wast Water (86m metres deep) and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike (977 metres high).
Much of Western Lake District lies within the Lake District National Park and includes many National Nature Reserves, where, at some, guided walks are available.
Each valley has its own special characteristics, from the austerity of Wasdale to the lush green of Eskdale and the peace of Buttermere Valley. Then of course there is the beautiful Crummock Water and Loweswater.
At the coast visitors will find busy harbours, award-winning beaches and dramatic cliffs. Situated on the shores of the Solway Firth is Silloth with wide uncrowded beaches and views across the water to the Scottish hills (Due to tides not suitable for swimming). This coastal area has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Down the coast is Maryport, with its Lake District Coast Aquarium and Maritime Museum. A short distance inland is the old market town of Cockermouth, where a market has been held here since 1221 and also famous as the birth place of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
If you travel through the Vale of Lorton you will reach beautiful Crummock Water which is then linked to Buttermere by a small beck. These two lakes are ideally located in the heavenly north lakes.
When travelling along the Whinlatter Pass from Braithwaite, you will come in to the Vale of Lorton, a beautiful number of valleys in the north of the lakes.
To experience the amazing underwater world of the Lake Districts seas and coasts, you have to head to the harbour in Maryport where you can find The Lake District Coast Aquarium.
The Beacon is five floors of interactive activities and events full of Copeland history which is fully accessible for all ages and abilities.
As so often with golf courses in Cumbria Cockermouth Golf Course is blessed with spectacular views from the green.
The West Lakes and coastal area of Cumbria is full of brilliant cycle routes to keep you occupied during your holiday. Cycling around this wonderful area, allows you to truly experience the amazing scenery.
Seascale is a small attractive seaside village, rich in Victorian history thanks to the introduction of the Furness Railway in the 1850’s.
Here you will find a gently sloping shingle beach with dozens of varieties of rocks stretching for nearly a mile.
Ennerdale Valley is the home to the Ennerdale Forest and Ennerdale Lake. This is a more quiet escape from some of the more busier places in the Lake District.
With great views out to sea and behind to the fells, this theatre is in a beautiful setting above Whitehaven. Many different types of events are held here throughout the year ranging from comedy to theatre and music or films. It is definitely worth checking if there are any performances on during your stay in the Lake District.
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