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View of the beach at Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, in the Lake District, Cumbria
View of the beach at Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, in the Lake District, Cumbria | © National Trust/Paul Harris

Coast and beaches in the Lake District

Though better known for its inland stretches of water, the Lake District also has some great coastal spots to visit.

Top beaches and coasts in the Lake District

Grassland in the dunes at Sandscale Haws
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The beach at Sandscale Haws 

Relax on the sandy beach at Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve with views across the Duddon Estuary and discover the wildlife-rich dunes, home to rare plants and animals, including orchids, curlews and natterjack toads.

A walker on the clifftop at Arnside and Silverdale
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The coast at Arnside and Silverdale 

At Arnside and Silverdale, you'll discover a wildlife-rich coastal landscape with views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells. Look out for wildflowers and butterflies, passing migrant birds and stunning sunsets.

View looking down to the sea and a concrete structure with a lighthouse on it from the coast path at Whitehaven, Cumbria
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The Whitehaven Coast 

Explore hidden gems of history and wildlife, and views across the Irish Sea along this post-industrial coastline, which stretches from an 18th-century harbour towards sandstone cliffs.

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    Two Herdwick sheep sitting in the grass with Wastwater and the surrounding mountains in the background on a spring day

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