If you're planning a summer stay at the Pheasant Inn, save room in your suitcase for a pair of flip flops! We have beautiful coastlines and beaches nearby - you'll want to kick off the walking boots and feel the sand in your toes as you stroll along these rugged wonders:
This dramatic beach, around half an hour from the Pheasant, has to be seen to be believed. St. Bees Head is a red sandstone bluff towering over the beach below, with four miles of majestic cliffs that map out the starting point of Alfred Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast walk. St. Bees is a dog-lovers destination and its sandy shores are open to well-behaved canines, even in peak season. Just along the headland is the RSPB Nature Reserve which has special observation points dotted along the coast to spot puffins, terns and the country’s only colony of Black Guillemots.
Half an hour north of the Pheasant Inn is the tiny village of Allonby, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a long sandy beach overlooking the Solway estuary and the Lake District fells. The area is popular with bird watchers – keep an eye out for Curlews, Oystercatchers, Redshanks and more. The village itself has strong connections to the Quakers and the architecture is reflected in its historic buildings and cobbled streets. Make a pit stop at Twentymans, the general store that’s been making its own delicious ice cream since 1920.
Further up the north Cumbria coastline is the town of Silloth and its huge stretch of sand and dunes. The beach has panoramic views of the Solway Firth and southern Scotland, and the area has some interesting landmarks including the Carrs flour mill and 150-year-old docks. Silloth beach is usually spotlessly clean – it's been awarded a yellow flag by the Tidy Britain Group – and like most Cumbrian shores it welcomes doggy visitors.
Seascale, Drigg and Ravenglass
An hour south of the Pheasant is the seaside resort of Seascale, full of Victorian charm with interesting Roman history and its own volcanic stone circle. Seascale beach is a lovely long stretch of sand that’s a safe swimming spot and perfect for dog walks. Seascale’s wooden jetty was reinstated to celebrate the millennium; it's a great vantage point for views across the sea to the Isle of Man and Galloway mountains. Do as the locals do and head to Mawson's ice cream parlour to sample some of their hundreds of flavours - the prosecco and strawberry tastes wonderful on a warm day.
Spend the day beach-hopping on this unspoilt part of Cumbrian coastline. Just a few miles down the road is the village of Drigg, overlooking thousands of acres of golden sand dunes where you can spot the native natterjack toads and red crested newts that thrive in this special habitat. And a hop, skip and a jump away is Ravenglass, sitting on the estuary where the Mite, Ert and Esk rivers meet and flow in to the Irish sea. The Ravenglass beach backs on to pretty rows of former fisherman cottages and the area attracts lots of interesting birdlife.
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