Stage 11: Whitehaven to Workington — Cumbria Coastal Way
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
In this stage you leave the port town of Whitehaven and head along a stretch of coast characterised by outcrops of Triassic sandstone, beautiful wildflowers and birdlife, such as the graceful fulmar. After visiting a few pleasant villages, the stage ends at the industrial town of Workington. You could combine this with stage 12 to form a longer 17.1-mile (27.5 km) walk.
To begin with, follow the railway around Redness Point and past Parton village, before joining roads inland towards Lowca village. I have included a short detour to the magnificent architecture of Moresby Hall and St Bridget’s church, set against the earthworks of a Roman fort from Hadrian’s era.
After Lowca, the route takes you past several wind turbines onto a former railway line built for the coal mining industry. Harrington is next, with its pretty church and small nature reserve, the village is worthy of a quick stop if you have time. Next, continue along the harbour, as the buildings of Workington Steelworks come into view.
Workington’s city centre was revitalised just after the turn of the millennium and has many amenities around the modern Washington Square shopping centre. There are a number of accommodation options, including a Travelodge not far from the station.
January 28, 2021