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The long, flat beach at Seascale has plenty of space to let off steam and makes a good starting point for walks inland.
Visitors will find miles of shingle along the shore, perfect for a spot of beachcombing, with a vast expanse of clean sand exposed when the tide is out. Jutting out to sea is a wooden jetty, restored to mark the 2,000 millennium. This is now popular with sea-anglers and a range of water sports are enjoyed here.
There are views from the beach out over the Irish Sea and on clear days it might be possible to see the hills of Galloway in the distance.
The attractive village of Seascale was a popular tourist destination in Victorian times. The introduction of the Furness Railway line in the 1850's brought city dwellers to the area to swim in the sea and enjoy the clean sea air.
But the area's history goes far beyond this. There is evidence of habitation by Viking and Roman settlers. There are two stone circles close to the beach (both on private land).
Some visitors might find the proximity of the Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing plant a little off-putting. It did used to have a visitor centre but this has now closed.
Free parking is available at the beachfront car park, and there is a good children's play area together with benches and a picnic area nearby.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
No dog restrictions.
OS grid ref.
NY 0369 0090
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