Sunset from Saltom Pit

Season:Any
Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Best Views

Get away from it all – truly a hidden gem, Saltom pit is a peaceful and awe inspiring place and one of the few accessible points onto the shore between Whitehaven and St Bees. It is a great place for families to explore the wildlife now re-colonising the once heavily industrialised landscape or for young thrill seekers to scramble over the boulder strewn shore. It is also a great example of a shelved rocky shore with a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) designation for its geology. The views along the coastline and out to sea are stunning, this is one of those humbling places that makes you wonder where we fit into it all. A place for pioneers.

Further Information

Planning your visit: There are few facilities close by so you may want to bring food and drink and warm clothing as well as good foot wear. Public toilet in Haig Colliery Mining Museum, cafés at Whitehaven harbour, dogs welcome at Zest, petrol station nr train station.

How to get here: By Car from Whitehaven: Follow A5094 to the town centre then turn left after Morrisons on to the B5345. Turn right at the mini roundabout and left before the Dusty Miller pub. Follow the road up the hill until it levels out at a junction, then turn right before the bus stop and right again at the Haig colliery museum sign.

By National Trust

How to get here

Saltom Pit, Whitehaven

Cumbria
United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

NX 957 158

Get Directions

By Train: Whitehaven station is on the North side of the Harbour, walk around the Harbour towards the Candlestick chimney and up onto the cliffs, a mile or so.

Cycling: From Whitehaven follow the signposted coastal path past the candlestick. National Cycle routes 71 and 72 connect to the Harbour from many local towns.

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