Things to do nearby Beverley Cottage
Beverley Cottage is wonderfully situated on the Cumbrian coast, why not bring a kite and enjoy a beachside picnic? Head inland to beautiful Coniston and get out and about on the water. Hire a boat or take a trip on one of the heritage launches to enjoy the mountain scenery. Look into the wonderful wildlife at the RSPB reserve nearby. As well as birdlife this site of special scientific interest is home to Natterjack toads and rare flowers. Why not enjoy a potter up Black Combe, the fell overlooking this peninsula. It is a relatively easy walk with incredibly rewarding views.
Haverigg is a traditional seaside village on one of south Cumbria’s coastal peninsulas. There is a wide safe Blue Flag beach at Haverigg. It has vast sands exposed when the tide goes out and enjoys a sunny aspect for most of the day. The beach is popular with dog walkers, horse riders and kite flyers. There is a quaint beach café serving light refreshments and most importantly ice cream.
Overlooking the coastline is the immense form of Black Combe. This hill is only around 300m tall and the climb to the top is practically effortless. From the summit you will be rewarded with a glorious panorama taking in much of the southern fells of the Lake District and on a clear day much further, make sure to look out for Blackpool Tower! In fact, Wordsworth claimed Black Combe to be "the amplest range of unobstructed prospect may be seen that British ground commands."
On the edge of Haverigg there is an RSPB Nature Reserve on the site of a former mine. A lagoon has been created in the old mine pits and is part of the Duddon Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. Cumbria is a stronghold for Natterjack toads and Hodbarrow is one of the best places in the country to spot them. The reserve also offers lovely walks in grasslands with rare flowers including marsh orchids and bee orchids. Overhead you can see butterflies, skylarks, the peregrine falcon, terns and occasionally the sight of dancing crested grebes.
Sea and fresh water fishing is a popular pursuit in this area of Cumbria. Permits available from Millom TIC at the railway station in Millom.
There are several good places to eat in Haverigg including the Rising Sun Pub on Main Street. It serves real ale and is a member of CAMRA. The Beach Café on Haverigg beach has a children's playground and serves a good selection of light meals, snacks, soft drinks, and an excellent English breakfast. As you might expect, there is a great chippy on Main Street.
Whilst Haverigg is most definitely a seaside village, it also has close links with the Cumbrian fells. Black Combe and White Combe are popular local walks. Ravenglass is half an hour away and from here you can hop on the La’al Ratty, a wonderful narrow-gauge railway that runs into the heart of Eskdale to the foot of the mightiest Cumbrian peaks
The Duddon Estuary, nestled between the Irish Sea and the Lakeland Fells was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1990 and is a dynamic and diverse environment of sand and mud flat, home to a huge variety of significant species and habitat. Why not combine a visit to the Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve with a stop at the Prince of Wales pub in Foxfield for an enjoyable day out. Situated at the village train station, this pub is a unique place to enjoy a drink, chat with the welcoming locals or simply relax in front of one of its cosy open fires. But this isn't any ordinary village pub, the Prince of Wales is home to the Foxfield Brewery and offers an extensive range of bottled beers from around the world, as well as a good selection of its own, and there is decent cider menu on offer too. Many of their drinks come with detailed tasting notes, making a trip here more of an experience than just a pitstop.
The charming town of Broughton-in-Furness sits between the Duddon Estuary and the southern Lake District fells. It has an ancient history and a gently bustling village atmosphere. Set around a Georgian market square with a stone obelisk at its centre Broughton boasts several pubs, two cafes and some much-loved village shops.
Situated at the tip of the South Lakes Peninsula Barrow in Furness is the largest town in the area and boasts rich industrial and religious heritage and some wonderful coastline to explore. Visit the remains of the once majestic Furness Abbey, a mighty red sandstone ruin that was once one of the wealthiest Cistercian abbeys in the country. The abbey owned a vast amount of land in the area and developed a harbour at nearby Walney Island and built a castle for defence on Piel Island. To explore the industrial heritage of the area why not visit Barrow’s Dock Museum? It makes for an interesting visit explaining how the town became an incredibly important port for iron and steel movement and how it then became synonymous with shipbuilding. Today visitors can often see one of the mighty submarines being built in the dockyards nearby
Coniston lies just over 17 miles from Haverigg and is justifiably famous for many reasons. Set on the shores of pristine Coniston Water there are many walks to be had, from easy strolls around the lake to challenging mountain climbs, including the Old Man of Coniston, at 2600 feet. Why not explore the valley from the water? You could take a cruise on the elegant Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola, alternatively take one of the Coniston Launches to one of the various landing stages around the lake. Brantwood, the home of Victorian polymath John Ruskin, has its own landing stage and the launch company offer ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ tours too. The more energetic Swallows and Amazons among you can hire their own rowing boats, sailing dinghies, canoes or kayaks from Coniston Pier and create their own adventures on the lake where Arthur Ransome was inspired to write his stories.