Drigg to Seascale (and Sellafield)

3 miles (5km)

1½ hours

Stations: Drigg (a request stop), Seascale, Sellafield

Terrain: quiet road, grassy and sandy path and beach (not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs from Drigg beach to Seascale)

Refreshments: pub and tea room at Drigg station, café, pub and shops in Seascale

Toilets in Seascale village car park

This is a walk of three fairly equal parts – road, dunes and beach. From Drigg station from southbound trains cross the level crossing then follow the road by the signal box. The dark shape of Black Combe is on the left but soon will be behind and the Low Level Waste Repository is to the right. Before you reach the beach (which is worth visiting) there are some interpretation panels. Turn right through the gate by the black corrugated iron building onto Drigg Dunes nature reserve. Among the marron grass are many rare plants, birds and natterjack toads. There is a fairly clear path all the way with some wooden stakes in places to guide you and good views over the Irish Sea. Most days you can see the Isle of Man, the north end of which is opposite Seascale. When you reach a small road coming down to the sea it is better to walk on the beach, as paths through the dunes are indistinct and peter out at a stream. Exceptional spring tides may mean you cannot walk along the beach – if in doubt try starting from Seascale, but this is usually fine even at high tide. You will see Sellafield ahead of you and then Seascale comes into view. There is a short promenade before the jetty, where you turn inland at the village car park to Seascale station. For southbound trains go through the archway ahead and left to the platform.

If you want to continue from the jetty take the path between the car park and the sea as far as Sellafield station, a further 2 miles (4km). After a mile you get to the point where the rivers Ehen and Calder reach the sea and the path turns inland and over a white painted bridge before following a minor road next to the Sellafield site and to the station. This path should be passable for wheelchairs, though a little narrow at one point.