Mid Copeland

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The parishes of Mid Copeland have worked together to support several key projects including:

  • planning and raising funds for a multi-user route (for walkers, cyclists and horseriders) between Gosforth and Seascale
  • a bus service between Seascale Station and Wasdale Head
  • developing proposals for visitor facilities at Wasdale

The area of Mid Copeland has a sparse population of 4,570 across the parishes of Drigg and Carleton, Eskdale, Gosforth, Irton with Santon, Muncaster, Ponsonby, Seascale and Wasdale. The area is sandwiched between the mountains and the coast and is very rural, being largely populated with small villages and scattered hamlets. The majority of this locality is part of the Lake District National Park, which therefore has a significant impact upon development and growth.

Seascale provides the largest service centre, with Gosforth within the National Park, providing the other local centre within the locality for services.  Office accommodation is also available at the Greengarth site, predominantly housing sub-contractors to the nuclear industry.

There are a number of very important nature conservation sites in this area which are recognised internationally.  These include parts of the Drigg Coast, the Lake District High Fells and Wastwater.  The historic value of the village centre at Ravenglass is recognised in its designation by the Lake District National Park Authority as a Conservation Area.

Sellafield is the main employer in the area with alternative employment largely in farming or farming-related involving both lowland and upland units.  The area has many tourist attractions, including the La’al Ratty (Ravenglass to Eskdale miniature railway) and Hardknott Roman Fort, plus it attracts walkers wishing to climb England’s highest mountain and visit its deepest lake.

Published: 23 August 2012 - 1:36pm