/ Lake District or nearby coastal locations?
I'm planning a weeks break in the summer for the family and one option which provides a compromise is the North West coast or Lake District.
We are looking into a holiday cottage which is ideally near the coast; I suppose all Cumbrian coastline is close enough to the lakes for walking too for me for a couple of days.
Problem is, whilst I'm pretty familiar with most of the lovely spots inland, I dont really know the coastline. I believe there is a bit of industry which we would want to avoid but would someone let me know where the lovely parts of the Cumbrian coastline are which I could consider and the parts to give a wide berth.
St Bees (the crag) is nice.
Whitehaven is a f^cking shithole.
> St Bees (the crag) is nice.
Says someone who lives in Shipley.. ;-)
Around Ravenglass is nice, handy for Eskdale and some nice pubs in the area.
St Bees is ok, but a bit busy in high season.
I'll have to agree with the previous poster that anywhere north of St Bees and south of Maryport is best avoided, (as is Maryport itself).
North of Maryport you're on the Solway plain, where you have to set your watch back to 1950, but you do have plenty if empty sandy beaches.
Only problem with the Solway plain is it's a good 30 to 40 mins to Keswick or Ennerdale, so the fells aren't on the doorstep, plus it's not exactly buzzing with nightlife up here. (But I like it, even after living in Shipley...).
Ravenglass would be the best bet, or somewhere in Eskdale or around Santon Bridge, as the coast isn't far.
Another option would be further south, Silverdale, Arnside, Grange and Cartmel are all on or very close to Morecambe Bay and very nice in a gentile sort of way, a short hop to the south lakes and with some pleasant walking and climbing on the doorstep.
Other than that, I would suggest Eskdale.
A few people mentioned Eskdale as Ravenglass is the only coastal village in the Lake District national park. I know it well, it is a beautiful estuary but not a sandy beach if that is what you are looking for. The nearest proper beach is St Bees.
That said, Eskdale is a great compromise. I own a holiday cottage there and use it most of the school holidays myself. There is plenty to do for kids and there is great access into the bigger hills. If you do go there and want tips let me know.
> very nice in a gentile sort of way
Fine for Jewish people too (sorry Nick - couldn't resist your typo!)
Another vote for the Arnside/Silverdale AONB which is shared between South Lakeland and Lancashire. It has coast, hills and woodland and better weather than the Lakes plus handy for the Dales also. Here is a local accommodation list http://www.visitbittern.co.uk/accommodation.html but there is more if you google.
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