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The historic port of Whitehaven, and the industrial heritage of the former West Cumberland coal field and iron mines contrast the
wilder side of the Lake District: Wasdale, Ennerdale and Buttermere

West Cumbria: A Personal View
Through the photographs of Mike Morton

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West Cumbria
Made Easy!
We have further subdivided West Cumbria following natural and political bondaries, mainly based on valleys radiating from the central massif of the Lake District. The subdivisions have been named according to the chief river into which the waters of that valley drain, for example the River Irt which drains from Wasdale into the Ravenglass Estuary, or the Ehen which drains from Ennerdale to the traditional iron and coal-mining districts of Egremont and Cleator

WW1: Cocker Cockermouth, Buttermere & Crummock Water
WW2: Ehen Whitehaven, Workington & Ennerdale
WW3: Irt Wasdale, Gosforth & Seascale
WW4: Esk Ravenglass, Eskdale & Duddon Valley

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Photographs from left to right
Stained glass windows by Burne Jones (William Morris & Co.) at Ponsonby; Ponsonby Tarn; St.Paul's Church, Irton; Stained glass windows by Burne Jones (William Morris & Co.) at Irton
Copyright © Mike Morton

West Cumbria is sometimes regarded as the 'wild' side of the Lake District. Here you will find the highest mountain, the deepest lake, the steepest road and a rugged landscape carved by glaciation and erosion from south-westerly winds, and the rain they bring to the high mountains. In some respects the western side is the Lake District's best kept secret, despite it having England's favourite view (Wasdale) - as voted by television viewers. This region certainly requires more perserverence to reach - either by the lengthy A595 coast road from the south, or the long cross-country A66 from the north. Access from the west is restricted to a string of high fell roads, used mainly by those that know them!

The west coast is characterised by a coastline of river estuaries, sand dunes and the rocky, sandstone headland of St. Bees. Behind this is an often narrow coastal strip backed by high mountains and windswept fells. The crystal clear lakes - Wastwater, Ennerdale, Crummock Water and Buttermere are all deep - set in steep-sided, glaciated valleys between high, brooding mountains and screes. As a consequence this region offers some of the most challenging walks in the Lake District and some of the best-loved mountains: Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Pillar and, Wainwright's favourite - Haystacks. A few hill farmers still eke out a living between these bleak, but inspiring fells, raising the hardy herdwick sheep which are an essential part of the landscape. Lower down you find pretty, wooded valleys such as Eskdale or the Vale of Lorton, and fast flowing rivers which are home to salmon, trout, bobbing dippers and grey wagtails. There are market towns such as Cockermouth, birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, coastal villages such as Ravenglass, Seascale and St. Bees, and larger, coastal towns which developed as ports and around the iron and coal industries - Whitehaven, Workington and Millom.

Photographs from left to right, top to bottom:
Whitehaven harbour with St.Bees Head; Crummock Water and Buttermere with the Solway Firth and Galloway Hills; Buttercup meadow with Bow Fell, Brotherikeld; Upper Eskdale with Scafell Pike from Hardknott
Brotherikeld Farm, Eskdale; Solway Firth - view towardsScotland from near Lamplugh; Herdwick Sheep; The Wave, Whitehaven Marina
Copyright © Mike Morton

History has left its mark throughout the region - from Viking and Saxon place names to Roman remains - the bath house and former Roman port at Ravenglass, Hardknott fort overlooking upper Eskdale, and the encampments around Cockermouth. The Normans built the now-ruined castle at Egremont and founded the priory at St Bees, Mary Queen of Scots fled over the Solway to seek refuge at Workington, whilst the well-preserved Georgian harbour town of Whitehaven, once the second largest port in England, saw the last attempt to invade mainland Britain - that of John Paul Jones during the American Civil War. This region is also rich in industrial heritage, and the decline of the traditional industries have provided some outstanding tourist attractions: the popular Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway - once described as the 'Smallest Railway in the World' - which once served iron mines high in teh Eskdale fells and now offers one of the most scenic journeys anywhere in the UK, the Florence Mine - the last working deep iron mine in western Europe, the award-winning Haig Pit coal mining museum at Whitehaven, and the excellent cycleway which follows the trackbed of the erstwhile Whitehaven, Cleator and Egremont Railway from Rowrah to the coast. The Cumbrian coast is also the starting point for two well-known long-distance cross country trails, the Coast-to-Coast walk from St Bees to Robin's Hood Bay, and the C2C cycle route which starts at Whitehaven.

West Cumbria is paradise for lovers of natural history, part due to its diversity of habitats, partly due to it's relative isolation. There are RSPB reserves at Hodbarrow and at St Bees Head, nesting site for rare Black Guillemots. Rare flowers such as Bee Orchids bloom in the limestone Clints Quarry, Bog Asphodels colour the floating mire of Hallsenna Moor and natterjack toads are at home in the coastal dunes of Eskmeals reserve. Ennerdale has become a great natural wilderness, a showpiece project where the endless regiments of dark conifers have beem replaced by traditional species, growing freely. However, it is not necessary to restrict your visit to the many excellent nature reserves to observe nature - woodlands are carpeted with bluebells, anemones, wild daffodils and primroses in the spring, hedgerows are filled with birdsong and the myriad colours of countless wild flowers, and dune slacks are ablaze with cranesbills, burnet roses and gorse.

West Cumbria has something for everybody: Museums and exhibitions including the Beacon and the Rum Story in Whitehaven, the Sellafield Experience, the Wool Centre and Jennings Brewery, both in Cockermouth, Lowes Court Gallery at Egremont, and Rosehill Theatre. A special attraction is Muncaster Castle, haunted by Tom Fool, its infamous Jester, and surrounded by spectacular gardens (best known for its extensive rhododendrons) and home yo the World Owl Centre. Like other parts of the Lake District there are festivals throughout the year - country shows at Wasdale, Gosforth and Eskdale, the Whitehaven Maritime Festival, the famous Crab Fair in Egremont which includes World Gurning contest, the World's Biggest Liar contest at Santon Bridge, the Postman Pat event for children on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, hound trails, village carnivals, charity duck races and so on. There are also several renowned restaurants including Zest at Whitehaven, and the Pennington at Ravenglass, village pubs serving real ale. microbreweries such as those at Wasdale Head, Strands Village and at Foxfield, home made ice cream from Hartleys of Egremont, Bailey Ground at Seascale, or Buttermere Ayrshires ... and even Cumbria's best fish and chips - Crosby's, also in Whitehaven!

A wide range of accommodation is available throughout the region - from the smart Pennington Arms in Ravenglass, and Sella Park at Calderbridge (both part of the Muncaster Estate), to Moresby Hall near Whitehaven, and a selection of quality farmhouse accommodation, and self-catering holiday homes, many of them converted barns and some in some very wild and remote places such as Birker Fell.

Despite the recent Government U-turn on proposls to sell-off all of the public-owned forests in England,
Lakeland's many Forestry Commission managed woods and forests are stil threatened under current legislation.
Click on the banner above for full details about the campaign to Save Lakeland's Forests,
or visit por sister site for further informations about woodland in the Lake District

List of Forestry Commission woods and forests in West Cumbria
These are a combination of Multi-purpose and Commercial Woodland that currenty provide full publiv access

Blengdale (Gosforth - CA20)
Broadmoor (Ennerdale Bridge - CA23)
Cogra Moss (Lamplugh - CA13/CA14)
Cropple How
(Eskdale - CA18)
Giggle Alley
(Eskdale - CA19)
(Eskdale - CA19/LA20)
Heckbarley & Crag (Ennerdale - CA23)
Lowther Park (Cold Fell - CA22/CA23)
Miterdale (CA19)
Irton Pike (CA19LACA20)
Parkgate (CA19LACA20)
Skalderskew (Copeland Forest - CA20)
Uldale & Dent (Egremont - CA22/CA23)

Photographs from left to right, top to bottom:
Kelton Fell near Lamplugh; Dalegarth Hall, Eskdale; Larch Trees in Mosedale, view into Upper Wasdale; Gala at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - Sian at The Green
Gala at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - Hurricane at Beckfoot Quarry; Hardknott Roman Fort; Muncaster Castle; Ennerdale Lake
Copyright © Mike Morton

Photographs from left to right, top to bottom:
Seascale with Black Combe; Tongue Pot, Upper Eskdale; Demolition of the cooling towers at Calder Hall in 2007 - World's first commercial nuclear power station; Stony How Farm, Seascale
Wasdale - 'Britain's favourite view'; Packhorse bridge at Wasdale Head with Kirk Fell; Muncaster Castle and Gardens; Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts
Copyright © Mike Morton

Photographs from left to right:
Indominatable Tarn with Great Gable, Haystacks; Calder Abbey; Upper Wasdale from Yewbarrow; Buttermere Lake and Village;
Copyright © Mike Morton

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