Stage 6: Broughton-in-Furness to Silecroft — Cumbria Coastal Way
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
You bid farewell to the estuaries of South Cumbria towards the end of this stage of the Cumbria Coastal Way, saying a hearty ‘hello’ to the Irish Sea as you round Haverigg Point en route to Silecroft Beach. The vestiges of a once-thriving iron-ore industry are apparent during the latter stages of this varied 14.9-mile (24 km) walk.
Leave Broughton and head west, crossing first the River Lickle and then the River Duddon. After a visit to the Duddon Iron Furnace, ascend on good paths through woodland and across fields, eventually rejoining the estuary beyond Lady Hall.
Enjoy the views back to where you walked during stage 5 before arriving into the town of Millom. This part of the walk is characterised by the many remains of the iron-ore industry which was one of the most productive in the world at its height in the 19th century. A sea barrier, adorned by a pretty lighthouse, takes you on an arc to Haverigg Point.
Offshore wind platforms, sand dunes and the Irish Sea greet you here. If the tide is low, you can stride easily across the sands, otherwise it’s the more onerous inland shingle. You arrive at Silecroft Beach with the sound of gulls overhead and the taste of salt in the air. The train station is about a mile (1.6 km) inland and there are guest houses back in Millom.
January 28, 2021