The English Lake District of Cumbria abounds in picturesque landscapes that become especially spectacular under the onslaught of mature autumn colours.
When tourists visit Cumbria, the automatic assumption is which lake to visit. But the inauguration of a new walking trail raises another opportunity for visitors to explore other parts of the region other than the well-trodden Lake paths?
This will be the longest coastal path in the world
The new National Trail opening in Cumbria is part of an ambitious project to build a walking trail that circumnavigates the entire UK coastline; skirting the Lake District, Norfolk Coast, Jurassic Coast, White Cliffs, Salt Marshes, Sand Dunes, Coastal Communities, and more. Some sections are already open, others will open over the coming years.
The latest section of the 2,700 mile England Coast Path National Trail was opened on 9 February by Natural England, taking in parts of the Lake District National Park and Duddon Estuary. Once completed, The England Coast Path will be the longest coastal path in the world and will join existing trails with newly-opened sections.
New 11 Mile Section
The newly opened path provides an incredibly diverse landscape. It improves accessibility to this part of the coast whilst also protecting rare wildlife that inhabits the area.
The new section offers a fantastic, uninterrupted view of the Irish Sea. You can walk along the wide beaches, enjoying the golden sands of Duddon and/or you can visit the historic city of Millom famous for its industrial, architectural, and literary heritage.
Visitors can enjoy the view of the famous Lake District mountains from the route, but also experience that the stunning beauty of Cumbria’s coastline – which most visitors to this part of the world miss out on.
It is hoped the new path will encourage more people to become more active and take advantage of the benefits nature walks offer. In a time when everybody needs to take more care of the health and strengthen their immune system, coastal trails encourage people to adopt a new and improved lifestyle choice.
Possibility Of Mini-Adventures
Many people tried but failed, to walk the entire coast without cutting miles inland. Now everyone has a better chance of succeeding. Depending on your preferences, you can have an exciting journey and you won’t regret it if you divert from the Lake District and explore Cumbria.
Senhouse Roman Museum has one of the most important collections of Roman altars and sculptures in Britain. A reconstructed watchtower at the museum offers stunning views. If you like history, you will be amazed to see the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. This part of the coastline was used as a supply base for the Roman camp.
Ravenglass, a little railway is a small gem, is all well worth a visit for its picturesque scenery and heritage railway. Take note that shops are few and far between and because Ravenglass Railway is 7 miles long, you should take water snacks, and possibly a picnic with you.