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There is nothing better than a day at the beach. The kids paddling and splashing in the sea, the dogs exploring whilst you relax on a sun lounger taking in the rays. On a sunny day in the Lake District, Cumbria you have your pick of lake shores to enjoy a paddle, a picnic and a stroll, all with dramatic mountain backdrops. But Cumbria also boasts miles of stunning coastline and one of the questions we get asked the most is ‘Does Cumbria have any nice beaches?’

The answer to that is a resounding yes!
We’ve picked five of our favourites. So, pack your beach towel, a good page turner, your factor 30 and enjoy.

Best Cumbrian beaches - St. Bees
St. Bees

The pretty village of St. Bees is around four miles south of Whitehaven on the glorious Cumbrian Coast. The village boasts a long, Sandy beach. Nearby is the local beauty spot of St. Bees Head with its striking red sandstone cliffs. St. Bees is a popular place for a holiday and it’s easy to see why. This also marks the start of the famous Wainwright ‘Coast to Coast walk’.


Best Cumbrian Beaches - Maryport


Maryport is a true hidden gem. The shore is perfect for a stroll or a great walk with the pooch.

You’ll find miles of golden sand peppered with red sandstone rocks. The port and harbour in this pretty town have a rich maritime history.


Best Cumbrian Beaches - Haverigg


Another secluded gem is the beach at Haverigg. Found at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary you can relax and paddle here away from the crowds and soak up those dramatic views over the Lake District fells.


Best Cumbrian Beaches - Bardsea


The coast road between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness is a must for your visit to Cumbria. If you didn’t travel by car there is a regular bus service. One of the highlights of this scenic route is the beach at Bardsea. This beach is perfect for a paddle when the tide is in or a spot of beachcombing when it’s out. There are plenty of benches for a picnic and a shop selling every flavour of ice cream you can think of. Your dog will love it too.


Best Cumbrian Beaches - Allonby


You’ll find the small village of Allonby between Maryport and Silloth. We know this place is stunning  so its no surprise that it is situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The beach is long and sandy and is perfect for a paddle and a beach day. Whilst you relax you can also take in the views across the Solway Estuary to the Scottish mountains.




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