The Cumbria Coastal Way is a continuous walking route from north Lancashire towards the Scottish border and links a number of gems of landscape, wildlife, archaeology and history that are frequently found on this little-known coastline. The route follows the fascinating Cumbria coast from the boundary with Lancashire, around the southern Cumbrian peninsulas with their vast stretches of estuarine sands, through the Lake District National Park and the industrial heritage of the west coast, along the Solway Firth and through rough border country to the historic city of Carlisle with glimpses of Hadrian's Wall, then into Scotland to end at the famous border town of Gretna. The route was established by Cumbria Council in the late 1980s and can be walked in its entirety, or walked in sections, by people of all ages and abilities. It is well supported by public transport.
'While Cumbria's Lake District is famous worldwide, the county's coast is often unjustly overlooked. The coloured maps in this guide are really excellent and the photographs have been carefully chosen to allow the walker to look forward and not to miss anything of interest. Ian and Krysia have worked together on several books of walks in northwest of England. Becasue I know this coast from Drigg Point northwards very well, I feel that they should be congratulated on producing such a meticulously well-written book which fills a walking gap on this rarely visited, but very beautiful coast.' (Keswick Reminder / April 07)
Overview map Introduction The walk Flowers and wildlife Literary and historical associations Estuaries Safety Tides 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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The authors, Ian and Krysia Brodie, have worked together on several walking books including 'Walking from Garstang', now in its fourth edition. They frequently walk along the coast as well as amongst the fells and wider landscapes of northern England. Ian Brodie is the former Director of Friends of the Lake District, where he has been involved in landscape and amenity campaigning work for over a decade. Ian and Krysia are active workers in the access and rights of way movement.