A new 11-mile stretch of the England Coast Path National Trail has opened in Cumbria.

Beginning in Silecroft and ending at Green Road Railway Station, the new trail will finish off the Copeland section of the route.

The path will give walkers the chance to take in beautiful scenery as the route progresses, including stunning views across the Irish Sea. The track will lead them through wildlife-rich saltmarsh and picturesque beaches, with the Lake District mountains coming into view along the way. The distinctive shape of Black Combe is visible throughout the route too.

Walkers will also see Shaw Meadow and Sea Pasture SSSI – this Silecroft site is part of the Lake District National Park and is well-known for its summer orchids.

Another highlight is Hodbarrow Lagoon RSPB Reserve, with the former iron mine now home to rare nesting seabirds, as well as having a sea wall walk.

Millom is also passed on the route – this historic town is known for its architectural, industrial and literature heritage.

The completion of this stretch means the England Coast Path now extends for 81 miles in Cumbria. When the route is fully completed, it will run for 2,700 miles and encompass the whole of England’s coast.

Minister for Rural Affairs, Lord Benyon, said: “The England Coast Path is greatly improving access to our cherished coastlines, whilst also protecting rare wildlife and habitats. It’s all part of our 25 Year Environment Plan to help connect people across the country with nature.”

“For the people of Cumbria, as well as the thousands of people who visit this wonderful county every year, I hope this new route will encourage them to venture outdoors and explore the stunning Copeland coastline.”

Gill Haigh, Cumbria Tourism’s Managing Director said: “The opening of this latest 11-mile stretch of the England Coast Path is wonderful news for all those who want to experience the stunning beauty of Cumbria’s coastline. Many visitors to our county miss out on all that the coastal areas have to offer by heading straight towards the popular central Lake District locations. This new path will encourage more people to get out and enjoy the wonderfully varied and beautiful landscapes around Millom and the Duddon Estuary.”

If you’re thinking of heading to Cumbria and exploring the latest stretch of the English Coast Path, be sure to check out our guide to the best caravan sites, where we share our top picks for the parks to stay at. Our travel guide to the Lake District will also help you get the most out of your caravan experiences in the region.

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