Workington Maryport Cumbria Coast Guide
Workington is a small fishing port where cod, mackerel, whiting and prawns are landed on a regular basis. However the town was originally involved in the production of iron and steel, being the home of Henry Bessemer whose Bessemer Converter transformed the production of steel in the eighteenth century. Workington is also a commercial port which handles bulk cargoes such as stone, steel and forest products. There are up to 300 ship movements per year and they carry around 500,000 tons of cargo each year.
To the north of town is the mouth of River Derwent which runs from Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District National Park around 15 miles inland. There are beaches at Moss Bay to the south of the town and at Maryport to the north. In the town centre is Portland Square with cobbled streets and Victorian cottages. The Cumbria Coastal Way is a long distance footpath stretching for 182 miles (298 km) from Morecambe in the south to Gretna on the Scottish border.
Maryport is a small port and harbour which once prospered but which lost work to Workington in the south. The town is now a seaside resort with several new attractions and quayside housing. The Wave Centre is a modern entertainments and conference centre that hosts major bands and entertainers.
To the north of Maryport is Allonby village which has a long sand and shingle beach overlooking Allonby Bay it is part of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village itself is mostly of the Victorian era with small cottages and cobbled streets. There several shops and cafes serving visitors.
Places to visit around Workington and Maryport
Helena Thompson Museum - local art and history. Workington
Senhouse Roman Museum - roman military artefacts from the Cumbria area - The Battery, Sea Brows, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6JD. Phone: 01900 816168
Maryport Aquarium - South Quay, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 8AB Phone: 01900 817760
Maritime Museum - Maryport
Map of the Workington area