Take a scenic train journey on the Cumbrian Coast Line
The Cumbrian Coast Line is one of the most scenic in Britain, running from Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle, perfect for exploring the great outdoors, letting the train take the strain. This is the place for fine walks with stirring views and great pubs.
The illustrious fell-walker and author Alfred Wainwright’s famous coast-to-coast walk can be started by leaving the train at St Bees. And if you’re a history buff, discover more about this route at the Millom Discovery Centre but also make sure you take a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale heritage railway.
The picturesque Cumbrian Coast Line route runs along the coast of Cumbria from the small former Roman town of Maryport on the northwest coast to Grange-over-Sands in the southeast is surely the most underrated in all of England. It also makes exploration of the coast without a car entirely plausible. Non-stop it takes around 3 hours but can easily be broken up with halts here and there.
View a map of the Cumbria Coast above, featuring the Cumbrian Coast railway line
At Maryport you can visit the Senhouse Roman museum and admire its high-quality carvings of Hercules, Mars and armed Celtic warrior gods. Heading south, you reach St Bees, where you can take a bracing walk up to the headland of the same name for incredible views to the east, deep into the Lake District.
A few minutes’ further south the train stops at the tiny seaside medieval village of Ravenglass which comprises just a single cobbled street lined with low-slung houses. The street tapers at either end and boasts a forbidding gate that could be closed to deter unwanted visitors and still proves useful to keep high tides at bay. Three rivers with their sources in the Lake District converge just by the village and the estuary makes for a mesmerising stroll.
A pleasant 3km walk (signposted from the village) leads to Muncaster Castle which dates to the early 13th century and, with its secret doors, ghost stories and battlements, is the identikit of an English castle. The grounds are a delight to explore too, with Himalayan flowers in abundance as spring takes hold.