Things to do nearby Goosegreen Barn
Goosegreen Barn is ideally placed to explore both the history of the Cumbrian coastline and the quiet fells of the western Lake District. Why not investigate the colourful maritime legends of nearby Whitehaven at the Beacon Museum and The Rum Story? Take a beachside or cliff top walk from lovely St Bees further down the coast and reward yourself with an ice cream afterwards! There is an RSPB nature reserve along these cliffs so be sure to bring your binoculars. Bring your walking boots and head to the fells surrounding Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere. Take a wild dip in Crummock or Buttermere or just enjoy a paddle and a picnic along the shores.
Low Moresby sits between the western Lake District fells and the coast and is a fabulous base for reaching an array of attractions. Nearby Parton Train Station is part of one of the most spectacular railway routes in England. Travelling between Carlisle in the north and Barrow in the south, it hugs the coast for much of the route. Hop on and follow the whole route south or jump off at some of the many pretty towns and villages along the way.
Whitehaven is a Georgian town situated on the west coast of Cumbria and is one of the first pre-planned post-medieval towns in the country. Built on shipping and mining, it is one of 40 Gem Towns in England.
The pretty harbour in Whitehaven is home to The Beacon. Here, you can absorb yourself in the amazing views through the powerful telescopes in the Viewing Gallery, present your very own weather forecast in the Weather Zone, and explore the lighthouse-style building to discover local history through the ages using interactive touchscreens, sights, sounds, and smells. Dig up your very own Roman artefact or join the crew and jump aboard the Maria Lowther Ship. From pirates, police, and the lives of the rich and poor – to games, ghosts, disease and death, The Beacon explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of the area’s past!
The Rum Story is a museum set in the original shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family business. Here, you can find out about the story of the UK rum trade, which originally centred around the port of Whitehaven. The journey starts in the Caribbean rainforest and graphically depicts the story of rum, bringing to life the slave trade, American prohibition, the process of rum making and more. The Courtyard Café is open to everyone whether you are visiting the exhibition or just fancy a morning coffee or afternoon tea. Within the courtyard is the amazing ‘Kinetic Clock’, which, every half-hour, graphically depicts the way rum is made – from the harvesting of sugar cane to the bottling of the rum.
Whitehaven is also part of the popular 140 mile-long C2C Cycle Route. The cycle route travels from St. Bees, to Whitehaven and Ennerdale, through the scenic delights of the Lake District, and on over the roof of England to the remote North Pennines, before reaching the North East coast.
Rosehill Theatre, on the hills above Whitehaven, is one of the UK's most intimate theatres offering a diverse range of arts and entertainment from music, theatre, talks, comedy, shows for young people and more. It has a free car park, a licensed bar and provides great food and drink. From the theatre, there are stunning views over the Solway Firth to Scotland and inland to the Lake District. A truly exceptional setting.
Nearby is the pretty seaside village of St Bees with its delightful beach and breathtaking views toward the Isle of Man. The village is the only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland to feature an RSBP bird reserve. St Bees is the start of Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast Walk (and cycle route), so you can expect to see many eager walkers and cyclists dipping their boots and back wheels in the sea as they set off.
For those with their own boat, sea and surf kayaking are a great way of getting on the water. For those who prefer to be on land, St Bees golf course offers a challenging round overlooking the beach. Rock climbing and bouldering are possible to the north, or you can enjoy Cumbria’s coastal cliff walk from St Bees to Whitehaven.
Just down the road at Egremont, Florence Mine was the last working iron ore mine in Europe until it closed in 2008. What used to the shower block is now the Florence Arts Centre, housing an art gallery, exhibition space and areas for workshops. There is also a multifunctional studio where you may be able to catch a film, come to an open mike night, attend a sports class or come to watch shows and plays.
Workington is an old industrial town that is now the shopping hub of West Cumbria. With a pedestrianised town centre, high street stores, two theatres, two museums, a cinema, trampoline park and pubs and bars, its got plenty on offer.
Heading inland, you can be on the shores of Loweswater or Ennerdale Water within half an hour. These tranquil lakes in the peaceful western Lake District remain relatively undiscovered by visitors and so offer the beauty of the National Park without the accompanying crowds.
Beyond Loweswater are the twin lakes of Buttermere and Crummock. Here you can take on Wainwright’s favourite fell, Haystacks, discover the hidden valley of Rannerdale (don’t miss the stunning display of bluebells if you visit in May) or find out about ‘The Maid of Buttermere,’ a woman so beautiful that people travelled across the country to lay eyes on her! You can also walk from here to Scale Force, the highest waterfall in the Lake District and afterwards, why not treat yourself to a tasty meal at one of the two pubs or the teashop?