When you picture the Lake District you normally think about mountains, valleys and beautifully pristine lakes. What you normally don’t think about is beaches, but the truth is the beaches around Cumbria and the Lake District are some of the most scenic beaches in the UK.
You can walk along huge golden sanded beaches within full view of the mountains and peaks that make the Lake District so distinctive. It is full of wildlife and makes this a must visit location in the UK.
It’s perfect to switch off your phone for a long weekend and reconnect with nature far from the sounds and smells of the city. No matter what your day job entails; whether you are helping people get a second mortgage and you work in finance, or if you are a computer programmer, or anything else, we are all more connected than ever, and switching off can be very beneficial.
Below we have listed our favourite beaches in the area.
Haverigg Beach has incredible views over the Lake District fells and has a shingle and sand beach that sits at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary. It is renowned for its cleanliness and so is a great place to visit with the whole family. If you visit at low tide you’ll be able to explore the whole shore line and can even walk all the way along to Silecroft Beach. Dogs are welcome all year round and it has free parking and a great cafe. There are plenty of hotels and airbnbs in the nearby area.
Situated within the Arnside and Silverdale AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) and overlooking the River Kent estuary the Arnside Beach is in a striking location. It is not somewhere you want to go swimming because of the fast-moving estuary tide but instead you can enjoy the views. You can see the Morecambe Bay in front of you and is set behind the hills of the Lake District. It has a beautiful promenade that you can sit in and enjoy the sunsets from this renowned spot. Dogs are always welcome and you will find a huge number of pubs and restaurants to keep the whole family happy.
Earnse Bay is found on the western edge of Walney Island and is a wonderful spot. It is a huge sandy beach and is known for its peace and quiet. You can take in the views across to the Isle of Man on a clear day and admire the peaks of the Lake District. It is a very popular spot with kite surfers but even on the busiest days there is enough room for everyone to enjoy this idyllic spot. This beach makes up a part of a stretch of 8 miles of coastline which you can walk all the way along. Dogs are allowed in some parts of the year. If you want to stay nearby we would recommend the Maritime Apartments in Barrow-in-Furness.
Roanhead Beach is also referred to as Sandscale Haws and is located at the edge of a National Trust nature reserve. The beach has a large stretch of sand and so maintains its wild atmosphere – in between the nature reserve and the sea. It is a great beach for walking but swimming is not advised – again it is near an estuary and so the tides move quickly. Dogs are welcome on the beach but must stay out of the dunes. Unlike some of the other beaches on this list there are no pubs or cafes and so you’ll need to come prepared if you want something to eat or drink.