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Longlands Lake - Cleator - Coast to Coast path

Longlands Lake, Cleator, Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast walkers would normally arrive at Cleator by leaving the dismantled railway below Hollins Farm and walking along a lane for about 1/2 mile. Staying on the Coast to Coast route would mean turning left on the main road and almost immediately right to Blackhow Bridge. However, one should allow themselves to be tempted into turning right on the main road instead and walking a further 1/2 mile until reaching Longlands Lake. Access is gained by leaving the main road just after a forked turnoff to the right and by walking into a small estate of commercial buildings and following the path there across a bridge and to the lake.

Longlands Lake is a flooded iron ore mine which once flourished as a mine between 1879 and 1924. It lies adjacent to the River Ehen, almost at its confluence with the Reiver Keekle. There are many disused mine shafts close to the lake.

Longlands Lake is owned by Cumbria County Council and is managed as a wildlife centre. The lake supports a number of different wildlife habitats and is important for breeding species such as tufted duck, mallard, gooseander, mute swans, coots and moorhens.

There is a circular walk around the lake which is evenly finished and suitable for visitors with wheelchairs. On our visit to the lake it seemed very popular with people of all age groups. The lake is sizeable and in an area of tranquility.
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Longlands Lake

Longlands Lake

Mute Swans at Longlands Lake

Mute Swans, Longlands Lake
Longlands Bridge
Longlands Bridge
River Ehan from Longlands Bridge
River Ehan from Longlands Bridge
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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path

The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.

Features of the Book:
  • Route described in detail
  • Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
  • Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
  • Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
  • Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.
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