Whitehaven, Cumbria


Whitehaven is an attractive Georgian town, the Georgian Gem of the North even. Situated on the West Coast of Cumbria, and was one of the first post-renaissance planned towns in the country. Built on shipping and mining during the Industrial Revolution, Whitehaven is a great hub for exploring the West of Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District World Heritage Sites. 

For those keen on cycling, Whitehaven is the traditional start point of the 140 mile/225 km long Sea to Sea or C2C Cycle Route. You can follow the prevailing wind direction after dipping your tires in Irish Sea and set off from Whitehaven, travelling through the Lake District and the beautiful North Pennines before reaching the North East and finishing on the North East Coast at Sunderland. The town is well situated for coastal walks and a visit to Saint Bees Head Heritage Coast and Nature Reserve. 

The grandmother of the first American President George Washington is buried in St. Nicholas Church in Whitehaven, and the town was the last place to be attacked by the American pirate John Paul Jones in the 1778. Whitehaven with it's over 250 Listed Buildings, is a pretty town, and owes much to the Lowther family, who were inspired by Christopher Wren’s designs for rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666, and laid out the plan for the town. 

A significant port in it's day, you can visit the Historic Harbour and learn about the area at The Beacon, or find out more of the once significant rum trade and dark history of Whitehaven at The Rum Story

You can find more detail about the town, as well as parking, and things to do and see at Visit Whitehaven

Road directions: 
From Carlisle the A595 and A596 runs along much of the coast and to Whitehaven. From the South coming off the M6, the A590 joins the A595
Public transport: 
Frequent trains from Carlisle and Barrow in Furness Station. Accessible by bus; Stagecoach 29, 30. Jansen Travel 216.
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