Workington Beach

Workington Beach - Cumbria
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The coastal town of Workington has a rich industrial heritage.  Just south of the mouth of the River Derwent, and the docks area, Workington Beach forms a stretch of shingle, with some sand exposed at low tide. 

Workington is the starting point for the Sea-to-Sea Cycle Route (C2C), a challenging ride over the Pennines to Sunderland on the north-eastern coast. A coastal path runs close to the beach and Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve, behind the beach is of particular interest to birdwatchers. The grasslands, open waters and reed beds at Siddick Ponds have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and as well as providing an excellent habitat for birds, also provide a home to dragonflies and a variety of butterfly species.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Toilets
  • Picnic area

Nearest town



CA14 2JS

OS grid ref.

NX 9838 2934


Parking available next to the beach

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Workington Beach Reviews

Apr 19th 2020

Great beach. Tainted by its industrial past but I enjoyed growing up here.

Concrete covered beach

Jim Thomson
Oct 09th 2022

Visiting from Canada this beach looks like it has purposely been covered in cement which encases old railway line, brass bolts and anything else that would hide a nuclear accident or encase fallout from it.
Very strange indeed as the only nuclear accident close by was Sellafield. I can’t find anything about the beach or why it is this way.