Beach & Park Summer Meet Ups

Hi Everyone, Apologies for taking some time in getting the details of the BB summer meet ups online.


Last year we took a break from the weekly sessions at The Settlement and enjoyed meeting up out and about at local beaches and parks.




This year we plan to do the same, and have brought together a list of everyone’s favourite places for picnics, paddling, beach combing and bike rides. We are also lucky to have a special session in the second week of September at Harrington Nature Reserve where Nature Detectives leader Emma Jenkinson from Groundwork will lead fun, nature based activities and a tour around the Harrington Reserve. These activities all take place on a Tuesday to keep with the date of the group, but do feel free to suggest additional meet ups and activities on other days and post in the BB Facebook group!


Walks and bike rides all start at 10:30am and beaches at 2:00pm to hopefully coincide with lower tides.


  • Tues 28th July 10:30am ~ Mill Field, Workington

Walk by the stream, playing in the shallow water, looking out for swans, ducks and ducklings, walking up the hill to Curwen Hall and back down through the woods.

From Workington town center, drive down past Marks & Spencer and the police station, as the road bends to the left over Calva bridge heading to Seaton, turn right down the lane just before the bridge. Plenty of parking along the lane. Meet through the little gate on the right near the small stream.


  • Tues 4th Aug 2:00pm ~ Maryport Promenade

Walk or bike ride along the promenade and back for riding bikes along the little tracks and exploring the beach and rock pools.

Head into Maryport and drive down towards the promenade, the road is at the bottom of Shipping Brow by the church which is for sale. Head along the promenade road and meet in the car park on the left.


  • Tues 11th Aug 2:00pm ~ Parton Village

Beach and lovely play park to explore.

Directions tbc


  • Tues 18th Aug 2:00pm ~ St Bees

Beach walk and play park.

From Whitehaven continue into St Bees. Drive through the village and bear right towards the beach. Park in car park and meet on the park.


  • Tues 25th Aug 10:30am ~ Harrington Cycle Track Squirrel Walk

A lovely walk or bike ride along the line. This is a great place to see red squirrels, so bring some nuts to feed them. Its fun to put the food out and then watch the squirrels come and collect the nuts. There’s also a stream for paddling and a picnic…


From Whitehaven driving into Harrington, immediately after the hump back bridge turn right onto a track and park. There is room for about 3 cars, so some of us may need to park on the nearby streets. From Workington turn left immediately before the bridge.

Walk onto the line and walk right going back under the bridge. Stream is on the left a little further down.


  • Tues 1st Sept 10:30am ~ Whinlatter Forest

Play park, forest walks, Gruffalo or Superworm trail followed by picnic or lunch in the cafe.


Access to the forest is free but parking charges apply.


  • Tues 8th September 10:30am ~ Nature Detectives at Harrington Reserve

Nature exploration and creative Nature Detectives activities led by Emma Jenkinson from Groundwork. Walk around the reserve and explore flowers and insects. Emma is lovely and her activities are always great fun we’re so lucky she can do a session for us! 


From Harrington at the traffic lights and junction where you can turn down to the beach, turn right just before the lights, drive up the road and park opposite St Mary’s School. From Workington head to Moor Close sports centre and fire station roundabout and drive down towards Harrington. Again park on the left opposite the primary school.  The reserve is the park opposite the school. Meet in here.


If you have ideas for any additional activities and meet ups on other days, that would be great, post in the BB facebook group.