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 St Bees. 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. 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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    2. Grange-over-Sands Beach

    Visitors to Grange-Over-Sands may be disappointed not to find a beach as such but they will find a lovely long promenade running alongside a wide expanse of saltmarsh. The saltmarsh itself is unsuitable for walking because of dangerous…

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    3. 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…

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    4. 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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    5. 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…

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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. Bardsea Beach

    This wide expanse of shingle and sand beach overlooks Morecambe Bay. The coast road between Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness runs alongside part of the beach and there are plenty of free parking spots. A bus service runs from Ulverston,…

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    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…

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    9. Ravenglass Beach

    The village of Ravenglass lies on the coastal estuary where the Mite, Irt and Esk rivers converge before draining into the Irish Sea. Ravenglass' beach is composed of a mixture of sand, mud and shingle, backed by a small grassy area at…

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    10. Whitehaven Beach

    In Georgian times the settlement of Whitehaven was a bustling hub of mining and shipping. Salt and coal were exported from the town's harbour and rum and tobacco came into the country here. These industries are now long gone, but there…

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