Cumbrian coast - Lancaster to Carlisle
There are various towns and villages along the Cumbrian coast, all serviced by the branch line that runs from Lancaster to Carlisle. The main town on the west coast is Workington, an ancient port that thrived due to the export of iron ore. The most famous person to come out of Workington was Henry Bessemer who quite literally changed the world with the patenting of his Bessemer converter. This apparatus enabled the conversion of plain iron ore to steel, and there are plenty of replicas dotted around the town. The centre of Workington has some fine Georgian buildings, especially around Portland Square, and a pele tower in good condition - there are also lots of holiday cottages to rent near Workington if you want to have a self-catering holiday by the sea Cumbria.
To the south is Ravenglass, a port founded by the Romans in the second century AD, and then known as Glennaventa but the only remains of their presence are the walls of the bath house. The village is at the confluence of three rivers; the Esk, the Mite, and the Irt. The main street is made up of sea pebbles, and this is all adds to the charm of this peaceful spot. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway originally built to service the iron mines, now chugs calmly up into the foothills of the Lake District, and very scenic it is too. There are some charming country houses to rent near Ravenglass and the Cumbrian coast is a great place to stay in England.
Five miles away from Ravenglass is the Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant, a rather strange destination for a day out, but well worth a visit. The museum has won various awards for de-bunking the myth surrounding nuclear energy, and there is a large-scale interactive exhibit created by the Science Museum, called Sparking Reaction, which tells you all you need to know.