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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 Haverigg. 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.

  • 1. Haverigg Beach

    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.…

  • 2. Walney island Beach (West Shore)

    Walney island Beach (West Shore)

    A long sandy beach backed by an expanse of dunes forming a nature reserve to the north. The far north of the beach is used by naturists.

  • 3. Silecroft Beach

    Silecroft Beach

    Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this is a gently shelving sand and shingle beach which extends as far as the eye can see in both directions.

  • 4. St Bees Beach

    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…

  • 5. Allonby Beach

    Allonby Beach

    Allonby has a beautiful shingle and sand beach which forms a vast expanse of sand at low tide.

  • 6. Maryport Beach

    Maryport Beach

    Long sand and shingle beach which runs from the harbour mouth and backs onto the marina in Maryport. From the beach here you can clearly make out the coast of Scotland 20 miles or so across the water.

  • 7. Arnside Beach

    Arnside Beach

    The small, sleepy village of Arnside is in an idyllic setting on the river Kent estuary, in an area which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village and beach offer exceptional views over Morecambe Bay, with the hills…

  • 8. Roan Head Beach

    Roan Head Beach

    Picturesque sandy expanse located around 3 miles north of Barrow-in-Furness. Big tidal range exposes huge sandy flats but also causes strong currents making it unsuitable for swimming. The beach here is an important nature reserve which is home…

  • 9. Workington Beach

    Workington Beach

    A sand and shingle beach near the mouth of the river and the towns dock areas.

  • 10. Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach

    A small sandy beach to the north of Whitehavens Docks.