Whitehaven to Moresby Roman Fort

Whitehaven to Moresby Roman Fort


Coastal walk from Whitehaven


  • From the railway station walk ahead to Tesco petrol station, north of Whitehaven Harbour.
  • Take immediate left and within a few yards left again along the Wagon Way (cycleway signed).
  • The William Pit Memorial is reached from the Wagon Way by a path to Cumbria Steelstock.
  • Continue along the Wagon Way until the road to Parton is reached.
  • Bear left and continue until school on right and village hall on left are reached.
  • Take road up hill opposite village hall and continue past four bungalows on left where there is a short tarmac path through to field. Walk across old bowling green to stile, from there look for a stone wall on the right side of the field and follow wall to stile into road.
  • Continue past the church entrance, after another 90 yards on left there is a tarmac path downhill. Upon reaching road cross over and turn right to small bridge over beck. Turn left and pass under railway line and re-cross beck over footbridge, keeping left along foreshore.
  • Walk along foreshore path to car park. Either follow foreshore to one of the arches beyond car park or through arch beside car park to rejoin outgoing walk.


  • Historic industrial village of Parton
  • Moresby Church built on the site of the Roman fort
  • Moresby Hall Grade 1 listed building
  • Whitehaven historic harbour and marina
  • Memorial to the 1947 William Pit disaster
  • Historic wagon way

Nearby attractions

  • Haig Colliery Mining Museum
  • Lake District National Park
  • Muncaster Castle and World Owl Trust
  • Ravenglass/Eskdale Railway
  • Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Senhouse Roman Museum (Maryport)
  • St Bees’ Beach
  • The Rum Story (Whitehaven)
Route image: 
Route type: 
3 miles
Estimated walk time: 
2 hours
Easy (the path is surfaced & some hill walking)
Suggested start/finish: 
Whitehaven railway station (Grid Ref: NX 974 186)
Tourist information: 
Whitehaven Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 01946 598914
Public transport: 
Whitehaven & Parton railway stations. Whitehaven railway station is a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line.
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer 303 Whitehaven and Workington
Places to eat and drink: 
Various places in Whitehaven
Other walks in this area: 
Lake District National Park, start/finish of coast-to-coast long distance path at St. Bees. (Enquire at Tourist Information Centre)
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