We are located on the A595, at Moota, near Cockermouth, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, the largest National Park in England, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With dramatic scenery in every direction, discover the isolated coastlines, spectacular peaks, and the sixteen magnificent lakes just waiting to be explored. With  places to visit such as the Eskdale mill at Ravenglass and the Lakes distillery at Cockermouth close at hand. Whatever your age there are so many ways to delve into this amazing part of the world: why not start by exploring our coastal towns and maritime history.


The Solway Firth on the west Cumbrian Coast is classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty- when you visit the area you will soon realise why! The England Coast Path is the “longest managed and waymarked coastal path in the world” and it crosses through the Solway Coast, within a short distance of Forest Views Caravan Park. You can visit the Solway Coast Discovery Centre in nearby Silloth, easily accessible from the north on the B5302 or the south along the B5300. Here you can learn all about the area and plan your activities from the many choices available. Many visitors flock to the area for the thousands of bird species that frequent this internationally important area. Birds of prey are common including peregrine, merlin, short-eared owl and hen harrier.


Maryport has a long maritime history going back from the Roman’s, who used the shoreline as a defence in the building of Hadrian’s Wall, to the trade. The west-facing coast presents vast views and superb sunsets across the Irish Sea, which can be enjoyed from the promenade. To the north of Maryport is Crosscanonby, named after the Augustinian canons of Carlisle cathedral. To the east are the coal mining towns of Crosby, Dearham and Broughton Moor. To the south is the coastal village of Flimby. These smaller towns and villages offer a selection of shops, cafes and pubs serving local produce and fine ales. Perfect refreshment after a day of exploring!


Ravenglass was known as an important Roman naval base in the 2nd century. Nowadays it is best known as a terminus for the Ravenglass & Eskdale steam railway also known as La’al Ratty. The line is seven miles long with a journey time of 40 minutes each way offering spectacular views over the estuaries and countryside. You will see England’s highest mountains in the distance. Ravenglass is the place where the rivers Esk, Irt, and Mite form an estuary and natural harbour. The scenery on the drive to Ravenglass from any direction is spectacular, with Muncaster Castle looming above as you enter the village. The Drigg Dunes are an essential nature reserve, home to a wide variety of rare wildflowers, insects and natterjack toads.


Whitehaven’s maritime port was once the third-largest in the UK with trade links across the world. The town’s wealth was built by the wealthy Lowther family, coal merchants. Whitehaven became an example of elegant Georgian architecture and was listed as a ‘gem town’. Eventually used as a template for the development of New York City, USA. The historic 17th-century harbour is a centre for showcasing maritime events including tall sailing ships. Whitehaven is also a hub for creative arts, from art and craft exhibitions to theatre and music events, hosting a calendar of events across the year for all the family to enjoy. Whatever the weather, one thing is for certain, you won’t be bored in our local area.