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Car parking available at Haig Pit (not National Trust)
Dogs are welcome to our outdoor properties but please keep them under close control to protect stock and wildlife. Take a look at our Canine Code and enjoy a great day out with your pup!
Sat nav postcode CA28 9BG. From north: 15 miles from Cockermouth on the A66 then A595. From south: 17 miles from Ravenglass on the A595. Once at Whitehaven follow brown tourist signs for mining museum.
Parking: Free parking at Haig Pit car park, or pay and display parking at Whitehaven harbour and St Bees beach (not National Trust).
Whitehaven coast is a short detour from the Coast to Coast footpath, which turns inland just where the Whitehaven Coast meets St Bees Head. Signposted walks from Whitehaven Harbour and St Bees Beach.
Whitehaven Station 0.6 miles (1km). Walk around the harbour to the Beacon museum and follow coastal path signs. St Bees station 7 miles (11.2km). Walk down Station Road then turn left onto Beach Road and follow to the beach. Train stations at either end mean it is easy to walk along the 7 mile cliff path and catch the train back.
From north: 300/301 from Carlisle, Wigton and Maryport to Whitehaven. From south: 6/X6 from Millom, Ravenglass and Egremont to Whitehaven.
The C2C (NCN 71) long-distance cycleway starts from Whitehaven Harbour. The Hadrian's Cycleway (NCN 72) also passes through. There are signposted off-road cycling routes along the Whitehaven coast stretching south from the harbour.
The Whitehaven Coast is a one pawprint rated place. Find out all you need to know about bringing your furry side-kick on an adventure on the coast.
Industrial coastline stretching south from the 18th-century harbour of Whitehaven, towards the sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head.
Wildflower meadow restoration of these seaside cliffs bringing much needed food and shelter to our pollinators as well as a splash of colour to the views.
Experience wild, secluded beaches on this dramatic cliff-top walk at Whitehaven's historic 17th-century harbour, passing the town’s industrial archaeology to join Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path.
Only 5½ miles from the border of the Lake District National Park, this coastline stretches south from the 18th century harbour of Whitehaven towards the sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head.
The site of England's first under-sea coalmine, Whitehaven had the deepest mines in the world by the 1730s. The last working pit here closed in 1986. The local community have succeeded in securing the funding to open it as a museum to Whitehaven's mining heritage.
For wildlife lovers, the best time to visit is May to July. The thin spoil-tip soils grow a colourful carpet of wild flowers. At the RSPB reserves on St Bees head, puffins, guillemots and razorbills join thousands of seabirds nesting on the tallest sea cliffs between southern Scotland and northern Wales.
We have partnered with the RSPB, Natural England, the Land Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the local councils to join up how we care for our 'Colourful Coast' between Whitehaven and St Bees.
The Whitehaven Coast offers more than just sea views and a colourful coast: discover an under-sea coalmine, fog horn station and eighteenth-century harbour.
The wildflower meadows and heathlands at Whitehaven Coast bring much needed wildlife habitat and gifts of sweet nectar and pollen to our pollinators. The transformation from industrial landscape to a safe haven for wildlife as well as a flower dappled seaside walk has been gradual but well worth the effort.