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The Cumbria Coastal Way, England, UK - A Walker's Cicerone guidebook

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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
1st Published
1 Mar 2007
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The Cumbria Coastal Way

by Ian Brodie, Krysia Brodie
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guidebook follows the continuous 298km (182 mile) walking route from Silverdale, on Morecambe Bay, towards Gretna on the Scottish border. The route links a number of gems of landscape, wildlife, archaeology and history along this often little-known coastline. A walk of 10 to 14 days suitable for all levels of ability.

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THE CUMBRIA COASTAL WAY is a continuous 298km (182 mile) walking route from north Lancashire towards the Scottish border, and links a number of gems of landscape, wildlife, archaeology and history that are found on this often little-known coastline.

Starting at Silverdale, on Morecambe Bay, and edging the coast up towards Gretna, the coastal way can be walked in its entirety (10–14 days), or in sections, by people of all ages and abilities. Much of the route-finding is easy, and the route, which rarely climbs higher than 100m above sea level, has been designed to link with public transport.

This is a totally new edition of the guidebook written by two walkers who regularly explore Cumbria’s diverse coast.

  • Seasons
    Whilst May to October is a good season for the walk, it can be enjoyed at any time of year.
  • Centres
    Arnside, Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston, Barrow, Millom, Silecroft, Seascale, Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Silloth, Kirkbride, Carlisle
  • Difficulty
    A long-distance walk suitable for all abilities. Can also be undertaken in day or weekend sections. Tides may affect the route.
  • Must See
    The sweep of Morecambe Bay, views of the Lake District fells, Muncaster Castle, St Bees Head, solitude of the Solway estuary, historic and literary associations


June 2012

Section 1, Stage 3:  Page 60

The Cumbria Coastal Way in the Barrow area is affected by works at Barrow Waste water Treatment Works. However, recent good work by Barrow Borough Council has added to the amenity of the route. Better views of the town's maritime influences are obtained.

from the south when arriving at the corner of Salthouse Pool (SD222683) turn left along the sea wall and with Cavendish Dock to your right.
At the end of the dock (SD210678) go to join the road which you follow to the right.
After some 500 metres there is a signpost on your right where a promenade path alongside Buccleugh Dock takes you to the High Level Bridge by the superstore and where you can go to join the original route.

October 2010

Page 152 - 153

During the November 2009 floods the bridge over the Derwent was damaged. It will shortly be demolished. From the railway station go north along the A597, cross the Derwent by the temporary road bridge, and then go down to join the route described in the book.

September 2008

Stage 10 Whithaven to Workington

Page 145
Moresby Hall, shown in a photograph on this page, now operates as a country guest house. Information can be found on their website

Stage 15 Carlisle and on to Gretna

Page 212
The ongoing work on upgrading of the A74 and M6 is causing difficulty for the bus stop at Metal Bridge. The operators of service 79 are not able to give advice about the bus stopping here as the situation is changing daily.

Once the construction has been completed it is planned that the bus will continue to stop near Metal Bridge on the new all-purpose road adjacent to the new M6.

There is no public access across the bridge at the present owing to the re-decking of metal bridge. Walkers would have to use the bus service to get to Gretna while cyclists are routed through Longtown. When I spoke to the Highways Agency they told me that on completion of the works access for pedestrians/cyclists will be available along the support road.

August 2008

If you intend to catch the small passenger ferry that runs from Roa Island (the mainland) to Piel Island. The contact telephone numbers are 07516 453784 or 07798 794550. The ferry normally runs after 11am in summer or on a fine day.

February 2008

Stage 9: Page 132

The Coastal Path has now been diverted to the seaward side of Birkhams Quarry. The route is clear to follow.

July 2007

Stage 8: Seascale to St Bees

The route of the Way is currently blocked by construction work just north of Sellafield railway station. The operators of the site tell us they have provided diversion signs which take you slightly inland from the route in the book. This may add 1-1.5 km onto your route. It is likely the works will continue until autumn 2008.

December 2008

Saltom Pit pages 134/135

Sea defence work coupled with an enhanced access path and stabilised buildings have now made this site more easily accessible.

Changes to the route at Muncaster Castle

The route shown on page 103 and described on page 107 along the northern bank of the River Esk below Muncaster Castle is no longer available. Walkers are recommended to continue along the A595 until the rear entry to Muncaster castle is reached (SD103966). From here a public footpath goes through the castle grounds and over to Newton Farm and down to Ravenglass.  The original route can be rejoined if you turn south at Newton Farm. The ford opposite Hall Waberthwaite Church is not advised and the ford over the Esk alongside the railway bridge needs a great deal of caution if you elect to use this public footpath.


The walk
Flowers and wildlife
Literary and historical associations
Using this guidebook
Country Code
Section I – Morecambe Bay
Stage 1 Silverdale to Arnside and Arnside to Grange-over-Sands
Stage 2 Grange-over-Sands to Ulverston
Stage 3 Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness and Walney
Section II – The Duddon Estuary
Stage 4 Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness
Stage 5 Broughton-in-Furness to Millom and Silecroft
Section III – The Lake District National Park
Stage 6 Silecroft to Muncaster and Ravenglass
Stage 7 Ravenglass to Seascale
Section IV – The West Cumbrian Coast
Stage 8 Seascale to St Bees
Stage 9 St Bees to Whitehaven
Stage 10 Whitehaven to Workington
Stage 11 Workington to Maryport
Section V – The Solway Coast
Stage 12 Maryport to Silloth
Stage 13 Silloth to Kirkbride
Stage 14 Kirkbride to Carlisle
Stage 15 Carlisle and on to Gretna
Appendix I Useful information and contacts
Appendix II Route summary
Appendix III Bibliography
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