Where is Copeland?

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Where is Copeland?

The Borough of Copeland is a local government district and borough in western Cumbria, England. Its council is based in Whitehaven. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Whitehaven, Ennerdale Rural District and Millom Rural District.

The Western Lake District is an area of exciting contrasts with its stunning natural beauty in landscape; a variety of small towns and villages full of character; and many fascinating visitor attractions - all with the warmest of welcomes.

Bounded by the quiet sandy beaches of the west coast and the highest mountains, with tranquil valleys, rivers and lakes, Copeland has something for everyone.

Both Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, and the deepest lake, Wastwater, can both be found in the majestic and moody Wasdale Valley in the heart of Copeland. Wastwater of course also has the added accolade of being “Britain’s Favourite View”. The Ennerdale and Eskdale Valleys lie either side of Wasdale, each with their own distinctive character and beauty to delight the visitor. Our Landscape attractions page provides much more information.


A wide choice of activities are available - including horse-riding, golf, windsurfing and sea or fresh water angling. Cyclists can choose from a local network of cycle paths, or one of the long distance routes that run through the area, notably the increasingly popular C2C cycleway. This is also superb country for walkers - town trails, coastal paths, Cumbria Coastal Way, the start of the cross country Coast to Coast route, gentle lakeside walks or more adventurous walks among the quieter and magnificent Western Fells.

The Western Lake District Tourism Partnership, which includes the Boroughs of Copeland and Allerdale, has created a web-site where details of local events, attractions and accommodation information is available see the Western Lake District website.

Heritage attractions and museums in Copeland bring the past to life and provide the ideal opportunity to find out about the Borough's unique history. Coal mining, iron ore mining, the rum trade and even smuggling are just some of the factors that have coloured and influenced the development and character of the area.


The superb harbour at the Georgian port of Whitehaven was once the third largest port in the country, trading throughout the world.

 Whitehaven Marina at Sunset

Today the town's historic harbour has undergone a long-term and dramatic restoration project, with ancient harbour walls providing the backdrop for a new marina. The transformation of the old harbour has been astounding, yet it has retained the character of the historic harbour. The harbour hosts, and adds the perfect setting for, regular visits from Tall Ships, Cruise Ships, Continental Markets, and regular firework shows and events.


Egremont is an attractive and historic market town five miles south east of Whitehaven.

Egremont Castle

Known worldwide for its annual crab fair, the market town boasts award winning grounds surrounding the ruins of Egremont Castle, which dates back to Norman times. At the Castle, visitors can appreciate its commanding views over to the fells of the Western Lake District.

There are a number of walks around Egremont with interesting things to see en route. Clints Quarry, a lime quarry a mile from the town, is a site of special scientific interest, with rare orchids in an amazing setting. Longlands Lake, Dent Fell and the River Ehen provide other interesting places to walk and Egremont is on Route 72 of the Sustrans Cycle Network and the Hadrian's Cycle Way.

For further information on Egremont and its events, contact Egremont Tourist Information Centre on 01946 820693 or visit the Visit Egremont website.