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.

Walney Island's beaches

Walney Island is connected to the mainland via a bridge which leads to the town of Barrow-in-Furness.

Ravenglass Beach
Ravenglass Beach

Ravenglass is a small Cumbrian coastal town situated between the towns of Whitehaven and Barrow in Furness. This popular harbour village has a pleasant shingle beach with dunes and nature reserve rich in animal and plant life.

Silecroft Beach

Silecroft is a pleasant coastal village with adjoining beach all overlooked by the 600 metres height of Black Combe.

St Bees Beach

Here you will find a gently sloping shingle beach with dozens of varieties of rocks stretching for nearly a mile.

Seascale Beach

Seascale is a small attractive seaside village, rich in Victorian history thanks to the introduction of the Furness Railway in the 1850's.