Western Lakes Car Tour Description

The tour starts at the roundabout where the A66 Workington to Keswick and Penrith road crosses the A5086 Cockermouth to Egremont road.
 
The Shepherds Hotel once housed the Sheep and Wool Centre visitor attraction, but this is sadly no more.
 
From Cockermouth you travel along the A5086 towards Egremont, passing Mockerkin Tarn, before the left turn towards Lamplugh.
 
Western Lakes Car Tour
 
In Lamplugh you can explore St Michael’s Church, with its windows by Charles Kempe. A little further on you bear left, and shortly pass a small National Park car park (free) where you can park and take a short pleasant walk to the reservoir Cogra Moss. Continuing the tour, follow the road towards Ennerdale, turning right to Kirkland, then left to Ennerdale Bridge.
 
Here you can visit St Mary’s Church, opposite the Fox and Hounds pub, now a community owned and run pub. You could take a short deviation to see Ennerdale Water, the only lake in the Lake District with no road beside it.
 
Continuing from Ennerdale towards Cleator Moor, you turn left over the Cold Fell fell road, passing the small Kinniside Stone Circle.
 

 
At the junction to Haile, you can park and take a path to the left toward the ancient Monks Bridge.
 
The Sellafield Nuclear Site seen From the Cold Fell Road.
 
Further along the Cold Fell road you can see to the right the Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing Facility. This used to have a visitor centre, but that is now closed.
 
As you approach Calder Bridge, you can take a short deviation to the left to see the ruins of Calder Abbey. The Abbey is not visitable, except occasionally by appointment, or on the Heritage Open Days.
 
Having reached Calder Bridge via the Cold Fell road, you continue the tour by turning right onto the A595.
 
Alternatively you can park and explore the area. You can walk along the River Calder to the boundary of the Calder Abbey estate, where you get a good view of the grade 1 listed mansion.
 
You can look round St Bridget’s church, with its Henry Holiday windows.
 
A short car detour to the south along the A595 will take you to the small remote Ponsonby church, with windows by William Morris and Sir Edward Burne Jones.
 
The tour continues north along the A595, passing the village of Beckermet, to Egremont. In Egremont, the tour turns left towards St Bees. You can stop in Egremont and explore the castle, the Lowes Court Gallery and St Mary & St Michael’s Church.
 
Arriving in the village of St Bees, here you can explore St Bega’s Priory, and visit the beach. There are cliff top walks from here to the interesting Fleswick Bay.
 

 
From St Bees, the tour continues towards Whitehaven. As you approach Whitehaven the tour turns right, then right again and back south along the A595 towards Bigrigg and Egremont, without going into the town.
 
A detour into Whitehaven is well worth while. Here you can explore this interesting Georgian town, with its harbour, Beacon Museum, Rum Story Experience, and St Nicholas’ Church and Gardens.
 
You could walk to St James church, described as having the finest Georgian church interior in the county.
 
Continuing south along the A595, turn left just after the village of Bigrigg towards Cleator. Just before Cleator you can talk a short walk to see small Longlands Lake, or explore the Clints Quarry Nature Reserve.
 
Passing through Cleator, the tour then turns left towards Cleator Moor.
 
A small deviation, continuing along the A5086, takes you to the Pugin designed St Mary’s Church. The Kangol factory shop, originally on this tour, is now no longer here as the factory is now closed.
 
At Cleator Moor square you can park (free) and see the mining monuments by Conrad Atkinson, and the blue plaque on the library to signify that the artist L.S.Lowry spent much time in Cleator Moor drawing some of its buildings.
 
 
From here you can walk, or drive, to The Phoenix Bridge with its picnic area, on the old railway line cycle route from Whitehaven to Ennerdale.
 

 
The tour continues along the main road through Cleator Moor to Wath Brow, where you will see the little mission church, now a private dwelling, painted by L.S.Lowry.
 
Here you turn left and continue along the A5086 back to Cockermouth, passing through the villages of Frizington, Arlecdon, Rowrah, Lamplugh, and Deanscales.
 
A short deviation into the village of Dean will take you to the ancient St Oswald’s Church which is worth a visit.

Some places to eat along the route.

  • Cockermouth – many pubs, tea shops and restaurants.
  • Deanscales – The Old Posting House.
  • Dean (short deviation) – The Royal Yew.
  • Ennerdale Bridge – The Shepherds Arms.
  • Ennerdale Bridge – The Fox and Hounds.
  • St Bees – Queens Hotel
  • St Bees – Manor House Hotel
  • Whitehaven (short deviation) – many pubs, tea shops and restaurants.
  • Cleator (short deviation) – The Brook Inn
  • Cleator Moor (Parkside) – Parkside Hotel
  • Rowrah – Stork Hotel
  • Dean (short deviation) – The Royal Yew.
  • Deanscales – The Old Posting House.
  • Cockermouth – The Shepherds Hotel

 
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