There has been a lot of recent discussion around making a coastal path in Copeland and linking it up with the existing ‘England Coastal Path’.
This would then become the longest of its kind in the world. The future path is being designed for both walking and biking. We are extremely hopeful there will be a hard-core path in the next few years, but until that time, within Copeland, you can walk all the way from Green Road Station right up to Whitehaven. If done all at once this would take around 12 hours, along many beaches and embankments. The stunning views are guaranteed to take your breath away.
We are here to help map your journey and show you where you can stop for refreshments and accommodation to make this a memorable and pleasant experience.
Firstly, you will need to make sure you are well prepared with good walking shoes and the correct equipment. It would be advised to take some refreshments, including drinking water. As the journey takes you along the coast, and to avoid getting caught out, check our tide timetable to ensure your safety. Remember our tides come in at an extremely fast rate so do not take any chances!
We will split the coastal route down into 2 hour stops, giving the walker the opportunity to take a break or even stay overnight.
Green Road station to Haverigg
Green Road Train Station on the Cumbrian Coast Line is positioned near to the village called The Green. The Green has one lovely pub called The Punch Bowl which is popular with locals and is situated about a mile along the road from the station. To begin your walk exit the station and cross the train line to get on to the banking of the Duddon Estuary. It is very safe and a rail line phone is available to check there are no trains coming first.
This is the first stage of our journey and one of the most popular walks taking you along lush green banking, You will walk very close to the estuary but will be high enough up so that the tide will not come over. ‘The banking’ as the locals call it, is really popular with residents in this area, many fish from there too. The real ‘Gems’ in Copeland are the people, friendly, warm and who will always make time for a ‘crack’. So we encourage you to say hello as you meet those you pass, we guarantee you will be amazed at how friendly people are.
At the end of the banking keep walking along the coast, you will see a path to your right that will take you up to a disused train line, along past what locals call ‘the slaggy’. Once a huge iron ore mining community, employing nearly one thousand people. Now the town, Millom, which is the most northerly town in Cumbria, seeks Tourism to rejuvenate its economy.
As you walk along this pathway turn to the left and take a moment to just stop……The view you see is one of the most breathtaking on your journey. This is where the Duddon Estuary meets the Duddon fells and western mountains of the Lake District.
The path carries on to what was originally the Millom Pier which is still used to bring boats in to the wharf. The large house to your right is Duddon Villa which is a 5* holiday home and can be found on our listings. At the end of Millom Pier you will encounter your first beach of the journey. In total there are 10 beaches along this stretch of the coast. This first beach is called The Maines, and is a lovely clean, secluded beach with no road access. As you walk along the beach watch out for kingfishers, herons and even a friendly seal who visits here a few times per year. As you come along the other side of the beach prehistoric animal footprints can be found in the mud. A local archaeologist uncovered them and they are a great find. Looking across the estuary you will see the towns of Askam and further along still is Barrow in Furness.
Continue along the sandy beach until you come across a stony area and then go up on to land. Unfortunately it is not well sign posted but carry on up the hill and walk along a path that takes you through the trees. This will eventually bring you to an old windmill. If you continue walking over the hill you will reach another popular beach locally called “The Rocks”. This lovely cove is a peaceful place to rest for a short while and take in the amazing panoramic views.
There are also lots of resting places along this next stretch of the walk, this area is called Hodbarrow. The area was once the site of one of the world’s richest haematite iron ore mines. All that now remains of the iron works is the vast sea wall around the nature reserve.
Hodbarrow Lagoon is the largest stretch of coastal open water in north-west England. This Nature Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a popular location with birdwatchers. Large numbers of wading birds and waterfowl can be seen. Common, Sandwich and Little Terns can be sighted from the hide on the sea wall. Oystercatchers, herons, grebes and cormorants, spotted redshank and black tailed godwits can also be seen.
The walk along the the Outer Barrier takes about 30 minutes. The Outer Barrier was built in the 1900s using slag from the blast furnaces and then faced with concrete blocks on the seaward side. This was designed to withstand any subsidence. On route around the wall you will encounter the lighthouse at Hodbarrow Point. This is over a hundred years old, being constructed in 1866 by the mining company to aid shipping up the treacherous channel of the Duddon. The structure has a thirty foot tower and has recently been restored with money allotted by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
As you walk around this sea wall the village you can see in front of you is Haverigg This is a lovely little village with a few pubs, shops, holiday lets and caravan parks. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike due to its safe sandy beaches and children’s play park. As you come to the end of your walk you will pass through Port Haverigg Holiday Village which hosts ‘Haverigg WakePark’, Cumbria’s premier watersports centre. This is purpose built on a freshwater private lake. Within this area are several places to eat and also bed and breakfast accommodation should you choose to stay here.