The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Cumbria

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Cumbria as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Cumbria is Seascale. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Cumbria just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Seascale Beach

    1. Seascale Beach

    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…

  • West Shore Beach (Walney Island)

    2. West Shore Beach (Walney Island)

    Walney Island is an 11-mile long island in the Irish Sea, at the tip of the Furness peninsula. It is linked to the mainland town of Barrow-in-Furness by the toll-free Jubilee bridge. There are plenty of sandy beaches at the northern end of the island,…

  • St Bees Beach

    3. St Bees Beach

    Stretching out below the dramatic headland of St Bees Head is a mile long sand and pebble beach. Stretching from South Head to Seamill lane, St Bees beach consists of a shingle bank which slopes down to an expanse of golden sand. The sand here is…

  • Parton Beach

    4. Parton Beach

    The small coastal village of Parton lies just over a mile north of Whitehaven. The beach here is composed mainly of pebbles and rocks, although at low tide an area of sand is exposed. The beach is not really the kind of spot to attract many visitors…

  • Silecroft Beach

    5. Silecroft Beach

    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…

  • Rampside Beach

    6. Rampside Beach

    Located on the southern fringes of Barrow, this pebble beach is easily accessible from the road. A causeway leads to Roa Island and there is a summer ferry service to Piel Island.

  • Haverigg Beach

    7. Haverigg Beach

    Haverigg beach is found at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary and has views over the Lake District fells. The shingle beach gives way to a vast expanse of sand, heading out towards the Irish sea. There are large sand dunes, covered in sharp sea-grasses.…

  • Allonby Beach

    8. Allonby Beach

    The 5-mile stretch of beach around Allonby Bay is made up of sand, shingle and pebbles along the high tide mark. At low tide a vast expanse of sand is revealed. From the beach there are attractive views across the Solway Estuary and towards the…

  • Skinburness Beach

    9. Skinburness Beach

    Skinburness is a small village on the north Cumbrian coast. It has views over the Solway Firth towards Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. A short distance north of the village, Grune Point is a raised shingle and sand beach approximately one mile…

  • Walney Island - Sandy Gap Beach

    10. Walney Island - Sandy Gap Beach

    Walney Island lies just off the coast of the Furness peninsula. It is joined to the mainland at Barrow in-Furness by the Jubilee Bridge. To the west of the island, Sandy Gap Beach offers a wide expanse of sand, and is a perfect place to come for…