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.

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    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…

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    2. 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…

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    3. 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…

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    4. 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…

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    5. Earnse Bay

    This open sandy beach is the most popular in the area getting quite busy in the summer. It is a popular spot for both windsurfing and kitesurfing with a kite surf school on the beach. It is also a venue for national kitesurfing championships.

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    6. 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.…

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    7. 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…

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    8. 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.

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    9. 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…

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    10. Nethertown Beach

    Nethertown beach is mainly shingle, with a broad strip of sand exposed at low-tide. Behind the beach are grassy dunes through which runs the single-track coastal railway line. Between the railway track and the beach are a scattering of…

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