Situated on the west coast of the Lake District, Copeland is a hidden corner of breathtaking scenery, cutting-edge industry, vibrant culture and wide, open beaches.
Two thirds of the borough is in the Lake District National Park – a World Heritage Site. It is also rich in history, with a wealth of interesting towns and villages.
The largest town, Whitehaven, has around 25,000 inhabitants and the largest quantity of original Georgian buildings in any UK town. It’s home to an attractive modern marina and a mix of high street and individual businesses, bars and cafes.
The borough in general has some of the best house prices in the UK, and great educational establishments including outstanding schools and several university sites.
We have the start of the Coast to Coast Walk at St Bees, where there is also a stunning beach, promenade, beach café and walks to the RSPB nature reserve at St Bees Head.
Copeland’s outstanding community spirit is something that makes a move here a pleasure for everyone. There are festivals and cultural and community events throughout the year. Families love the easy access to the beach and countryside, while outdoor activity enthusiasts are catered for in the stunning lakes and valleys of Copeland.
Sports fans can see professional rugby league in Whitehaven and karting at nearby Rowrah.
West Cumbria is a hub for technology and innovation, with several cutting-edge medical and scientific organisations making their home at West Lakes Science Park.
There has been significant investment in the area in recent years and this is set to continue, with big things planned for the North Shore area of Whitehaven’s waterfront, work to restore one of the old quays on the harbour, a planned new multi-million pound mining project and the possibility of a new nuclear facility at Moorside.
There’s a vibrant cultural scene here too – a world-renowned theatre at Rosehill, a wide range of touring acts and community events at Florence Arts Centre, top class theatre, music and comedy at the Beggar’s Theatre in Millom, shows at Whitehaven Civic Hall and a fabulous 1920s cinema at the Gaiety in Whitehaven.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale narrow gauge railway runs into the fells and is a great way of seeing the stunning scenery. Historic Muncaster Castle has many family attractions including an owl centre, extensive gardens and special events.
Growth and development are high on our agenda here at Copeland, and we are one of the top performing planning authorities in the country. We recently hosted a second successful Copeland Open For Business Conference (click here to see the introductory video), at which 300 delegates from health, nuclear, tourism, education and business attended to discuss and learn about the opportunities that are heading Copeland's way.
A number of key announcements were made at the conference that bode well for Copeland's future, including a transformational plan to covert Whitehaven's former bus station into the Buzz Station innovation hub (click here for more), and a unqiue housing project for Millom (click here for more).