Southern Cumbria includes part of the Lake District National Park, much of which is well known to visitors and local residents, but parts of the area are less well known, including the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas. The Cumbria Coastal Way runs from the Lancashire border for 182 miles/298 km around a coastline, which can be quiet and tranquil or wild and spectacular, as far as the Scottish border. It includes nature reserves and salt marshes, cliffs and headlands, wild places and gentle meadows. This route takes walkers through Silverdale, Arnside and Grange-over-Sands and then on through the southern Cumbrian peninsulas to Ulverston, Barrow and then northwards up the west coast of Cumbria.
The area is also crossed by the Cistercian Way which runs from Grange-over-Sands for 33 miles/53 km across the limestone hills and the Cartmel and Furness peninsulas to Roa Island, just off Barrow. This walk can take two or three days if all the historic religious sites are explored.
Southern Cumbria and the area along the Furness Line is blessed with a large number and variety of nature reserves; over 30 at the last count. Many are accessible from the stations along the line or from connecting modes of transport. Click Here for more details.
Stately homes and gardens are accessible from the Furness line, like Holker Hall, or from connecting bus services, like Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle or Muncaster Castle. The area has unspoilt market towns, classic resorts, a maze of footpaths, steam railways, motor museums, ancient sites, stunning landscapes and sunsets: there is so much to see and do and the train can help you avoid traffic on the roads.
For additional ideas about places to visit from the Furness Line, pick up or have a look at the Furness Line Guide.