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The Beeches Caravan Park is a small, quiet park in a peaceful village, 5 miles north of Cockermouth, Cumbria. The Park has fantastic views over the Solway Firth, renowned for its breath-taking sunsets.

Western Lakeland is a land of intense and thrilling contrasts, lying between the mountains and the sea. The coastal towns are within minutes of complete peace and tranquillity. There are four main valleys, each with their own distinct character, leading from the coast into the heart of the Lake District, all within easy access of The Beeches Caravan Park.


The Ennerdale valley contains one of the largest forests in Cumbria, there are several walks and trails through the forests and around the lake which is the most westerly and the most remote of the lakes. It is a deep glacial lake, the water is exceptionally clear, and contains a variety of fish and is the only lake that does not have a road running alongside it.

Road to Ennerdale Water and Fells, the most westerly lake in the English Lake District and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site
Lingcove Bridge, a packhorse bridge high up in Eskdale, Lake District

Eskdale is the valley, stretching from Gosforth, near Seascale on the West coast of Cumbria, through to the foot of Hard Knott pass, and contains the small villages of Santon Bridge, Boot and Eskdale Green. The valley is notable as being one of few major valleys in the Lake District not to have its own lake, although several tarns are perched above the valley sides.


Wasdale, the wildest of the valleys in the Lake District, is the remote and beautiful area between Gosforth in West Cumbria, past Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, and up to the mountains Great Gable and Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. At the edge of Wasdale is the picturesque village of Gosforth. St Mary’s Church dates from Norman times, and in its churchyard is England’s tallest ancient cross, and a cork tree, planted in 1833, the most northerly in Europe.

Ram grazing in the valley of Mosedale at Wasdale Head in the English Lake District.  Great Gable mountain is in the background.
wooden footbridge over the river duddon lake district ***Note, slight blurriness, best at small sizes.

The Duddon Valley is a peaceful, remote wild region of the Lake District and Cumbria where walkers, climbers, cyclists and Nature lovers can roam amid scenery which has changed little over the years. Through it flows the River Duddon with stretches of the clear waters, suitable for canoeing, salmon fishing, river bank picnics and even a wild swim on summer days.


The tiny village of Buttermere comprises two inns, a few farms, a small chapel and some isolated houses. The traditional character of Buttermere and Loweswater is largely due to The National Trust, which owns much of the land and preserves its special qualities. The only vehicular access into this valley is from Cockermouth to the north or via the snaking passes over Honister and Newlands Hause.

Trawlers in Harbour at Maryport in Cumbria

The modern town of Maryport was created in the 18th century. It has an aquarium, maritime museum, Roman museum and The Wave Arts and Sports centre. Maryport has always had a close affinity with the sea, from its earliest fishing days to the busy docks and sea-faring ships of the Georgian and Victorian eras.


The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town’
The historic 17th century harbour, enhanced by nautical sculptures, dramatic lighting effects and a brand-new marina, is the focus for spectacular maritime events and activities including the occasional visit of tall sailing ships.

The wave sculpture at sunset in Whitehaven in Cumbria
Sunset over wooden boats on the shores of Derwentwater at Keswick in the Lake District national park in Cumbria

Just an hours drive away from The Beeches you will find England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long and 219 feet deep. Bowness-on-Windermere on the east shore is the busiest tourist destination in the Lake District. Newby Bridge at the south end of the lake is slightly less well known and consequently a little quieter. However, it also has plenty of attractions including Hatherthwaite railway and the Lakes Aquarium.


Sited at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, is also very popular with visitors. It is a small town and has now become a major tourist resort with shops, restaurants, cinema and a vibrant night life. It is very popular with walkers and climbers. The Windermere lake ferry terminal at Waterhead Pier dates back to 1845. Ferries can be taken to Bowness and Lakeside pier near Newby Bridge, Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre.

South Lakeland, UK - April 2018: Waterhead Pier at Ambleside, a lakeside town situated at the head of Windermere Lake within the Lake District National Park in England