The Cumbrian Coast Line, as its name suggests, hugs the scenic coastline between Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness. For much of the route, the line runs very close to the coast and links the waters of the Solway with those of Morecambe Bay; both sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Not only are the Solway and Morecambe Bay SSSIs but with the Duddon estuary, all are part of the Natura 2000 network of internationally protected areas with some of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the UK. These three estuaries include Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and have RAMSAR designation for the wetlands.
This line abounding in coastal scenery but it also runs through the Lake District National Park and offers views of the famous fells and the rolling pastures of the Solway Plain and Furness Peninsula. The line also traces many thousands of years of history as it runs close to ancient British stone circles, the western extension of Hadrian's Wall, historic ports and centres of mining and industry. Many of the rails for railway lines, not just here but across the world, came from Workington, almost mid-way along the line.
The line starts at Carlisle and at the other end of the line lies Barrow-in-Furness, still famous for ship building and specialising in submarines. Around Barrow there are three internationally renowned nature reserves and you will also see evidence of settlement dating back to at least Viking times. You will see much evidence of the Energy Coast with wind turbines, gas platforms far out to sea and the ever changing face of Sellafield.
The trains on this route are operated by Northern Rail. See there website for details or ask at any manned station.