Beaches near the Lake District
The Lake District is a stunning holiday destination in North West England. Not only is the area home to magnificent lakes, rugged mountains, atmospheric forests and rolling fields, but it also boasts some fine coastal scenery. While it may not be blessed with traditional bucket and spade sandy beaches, the Lakes might surprise you with the quality of its beaches.
At Haven we are proud of our Lake District holiday park - Lakeland. The excellent caravan park is within driving distance of many of the finest beaches near the Lake District. However, given that the Lake District is more famous for its inland wonders than its coastal offerings, you may find some of these beaches to be a little off the beaten track. So, whether you are enjoying a Lake District stay with us and fancy a day at the seaside, or are simply looking for some Cumbrian coastal inspiration, we’ve compiled this list of our favourite beaches near the Lake District to give you a helping hand.
Beach walks: a spectacular selection
Lakeland Holiday Park sits magnificently on the north bank of Morecambe Bay, unlocking loads of magnificent walks that really take in some of the most breathtaking scenery of beaches near the Lake District. Bring your camera and stroll eastwards to Humphrey’s Head, which offers an exceptional vantage point of the bay.
Routes further afield are even more rewarding. Jump in the car for 20 minutes and head for the aptly named Lakeside, sitting at the point where the world-famous Lake Windermere begins to widen. The views here are simply stunning and be sure to check out High Stott Park for fabulous countryside scenery.
Beach history: glimpses of the past everywhere
The beaches near the Lake District are full of history. Head round Morecambe Bay to find the town of Far Arndale, home to Arnside Tower, a magnificent piece of heritage in the vicinity of Cove Road Beach. Lakeland’s neighbouring town of Grange-over-Sands is full of historical quirks. The picturesque River Kent has actually switched course over the years, a rare phenomenon on this scale in the UK. Strong easterly winds in 2007 means that it flows across Morecambe Bay after a long period alongside the town’s promenade.
On a day out to the heart of the Lake District, check out the Stott Park Bobbin Mill for a snapshot of Victorian history in the area. We love the steam engine that’s on show here.
Beach attractions: spoilt by the scenery
Beaches near the Lake District may not have as many amenities as those in more populated areas, but the scenery often speaks for itself. For quintessential family attractions, head for Grange-over-Sands up the Morecambe Bay coast, or head inland to Kendal for an array of things to do with the loved ones. A visit to Kirkhead Tower near Allithwaite will unlock a sense of adventure in everyone big and small.
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Beaches in the North West
The North West is one of the most populated parts of England, with major cities pretty close to the coast. There is a wide range of beaches that welcome people from near and far across the region, each with its own characteristics.
Best beaches near the Lake District
The Lake District, largest of the United Kingdom’s national parks, famously boasts 16 lakes (and many smaller tarns) and more than 150 high peaks. However, did you know that the surrounding area is also home to 30 listed beaches?
Dog friendly beaches near the Lake District
The Lake District might have the highest peaks in England and the widest lakes, but if you stick to the national park boundary you and your pooch will be missing out on some of the area’s excellent beaches.