Silecroft Beach

Silecroft Beach - Cumbria
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Set on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this gently shelving shingle beach extends in both directions as far as the eye can see.  Low tide reveals a vast expanse of sand, suitable for kiting, horse-riding and other activities.

The beach is quite popular with locals and day-trippers. Sea-anglers can often be seen at the shoreline.

Silecroft beach is dominated by majestic Black Combe Fell, with an elevation of 600 metres.  The distinctive shape of Black Combe is of interest to geologists, as it gives a classic example of the landscape that was once the start of a glacier.

On fine days it might be possible to see the Isle of Man from the coast here.  The west-facing beach gets some spectacular summer sunsets.

Alongside the beach is an area which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  Natterjack toads spawn in the area in springtime.  Local and migratory birds , including swallows, oystercatchers and gannets can be spotted in the skies.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No Dog restrictions.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



LA18 4NY

OS grid ref.

SD 1209 8118


Parking available next to the beach

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Silecroft Beach Reviews

Amazing beach

Laura Heaton
May 18th 2021

Miles and miles of sand, west facing for superb sunsets. The sea is accessible in the summer especially! Lovely little beach café. And the best thing? It’s often deserted!!

Visited June 2024

Jun 27th 2024

Lovely beach, nice and quiet even in June.
Beautiful for walks along the sand when the tide is out.
Decent car park with plenty of spaces still available. FOC but with a donation box if you wish to donate £2. Great value if you end up spending a few hours here on a nice sunny day.

A hidden gem

Nov 20th 2023

Even in the height of summer this beach is quiet, beautiful clean sea and golden sands at low tide, my perfect place.

Notes & pending corrections


Unfortunately, the beach cafe is no longer there. A more permanent replacement is, I understand, being built at some point in the future.

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