Situated between Whitehaven and Millom and on a direct train link it is the perfect place to stop off when exploring this beautiful part of the Lake District.
Seascale is a small coastal town in the Western Lake District. Situated between Whitehaven and Millom and on a direct train link it is the perfect place to stop off when exploring this beautiful part of the Lake District.
In Victorian times it was a busy seaside resort. It still has a beach and walks that lead into the nearby countryside. The sea front has a jetty, a fort complete with cannon and fully rigged mast.
The village retains much of its Victorian charm, including the Water Tower, a listed building used, before Seascale had a proper water supply, to pump water to ‘The Banks’, from a large water tank on the hill where the golf course is now. The former Goods Shed is now the Sports Hall.
To mark the millennium, the former wooden jetty has been reinstated. It is a focal point for fishing, beach casting, wind surfing and water-skiing, and provides a starting point for many of the village walks.
About half a mile north of the town, on private land belonging to Seascale How Farm, is the relatively unknown Grey Croft Stone Circle.
Ravenglass is a lovely coastal village within the lake district national park. Where Three rivers The Esk, The Mite and The IRT meet and flow down to the Irish sea creating a estaury past Ravenglass. Ravenglass was once an important naval base for the romans in the 2nd century.
Iron Ore, Granite and copper ore were brought to the estuary by a narrow gauge railway from mines near boot about 8 miles away. This line has been preserved and now called The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and very popular with locals and tourists.
A little inland stands Muncaster Castle, ancient family seat of the Pennington family with colourful spring gardens, a renowned owl centre, a celebrated ‘fool’ and ghosts aplenty to keep visitors amused for hours. Nearby is Waberthwaite, famous for Richard Woodall’s hams, bacons and Cumberland Sausage that are regularly despatched to the Queen.
This is the land of Bronze Age settlements, Roman forts, Anglian crosses, Viking remains, Norman churches, medieval mills and many other hidden delights awaiting discovery in this rich and welcoming corner of Cumbria.
Muncaster Castle is still owned by the Pennington family, who have lived at Muncaster for at least 800 years, and a family residence. Until her death in 2011, Phyllida Gordon-Duff-Pennington worked for three decades to restore the castle from a “crumbling relic” and establish it as a place for tourism and events. It now has more than 90,000 visitors a year.