West Cumbria


Ravenglass to Carlisle

Date:4-5th July 2021
Distance104 Miles
LighthousesSt Bees, Whitehaven, Maryport, Cote & Lees Scar
RidersJane & Me

It seems a bit wrong getting up at 6am on a Sunday driving up to the Lakes only to drive out the other side! Parking up at Maryport we made our way to the station but not before picking up a bone dry Bacon Butty from a petrol station. We stared through the gloom as we made our way down the coast to trace our route back to Stan the Van. Stepping onto the platform at Ravenglass we set off along the estuary with unexpected warm sunshine on our backs.
The road became a track, the track a muddy hollow…. and then a river crossing, it was looking like a long day. Lighthouse riding takes us to fascinating places. The track goes between the sea and Sellafield and it is beautiful! Abundant flowers and beasts live where we choose not to.
After an orange cheese toasty with orange chips on St Bees beach we huffed and puffed up to the lighthouse and down into the amazing harbour at Whitehaven. The rain stayed away until Workington which didn’t help lift the grey buildings. The cycle paths linking each and every town are completely brilliant. It’s the traffic free, smooth rolling infrastructure that is seldom seen in the UK. Cycling through long grasses and gorse, looking across the coast to Scotland whilst we made our way to Carlisle.

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