Drigg Dunes and Beach – 11km Walk & Film

This is a walk along the Drigg Dune system, which is near Ravenglass, as wild a piece of dunes and beach as you’ll find in England I think. There are also opportunities for good sea swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me to the start point, a car park near the sea, but once on the dunes and beach, there’s no need for a map.

First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek.

I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite by car; I was told that it’s possible to walk to the Drigg Dune system from the village (at low tide I reckon, as part of the route crosses a river via a ford, which from what I saw, would be impassable at mid to high tide) but I was a bit tired as I’d done a 16km walk the day before so I thought I’d have an easy beach walk this day. The beach car park is a 10 minute drive from Ravenglass, and reached via the B5344 that leaves the main road at the village of Holmrook. The car park is free, and once there, its a 5 minute walk to a WW11 look out post, and it’s views of the wonderful Drigg Beach.

From here I headed south, first along the ridge of the dunes, then down onto the beach, then back onto the dunes and across them, to meet up with a wide grassy pathway that led to fine views of the River Irt. All this walking took about an hour I guess.

The path ends at a fence, you need to walk west towards the sea here, and then 5 minutes on a gate on your left takes you into the nature reserve. The day I was there the air was full of wind and the song of Skylarks, wonderful. I didn’t have a map here but every path leads to the sea. And then when you get to the beach, you can’t go any further south than the estuary of the River Esk, so it’s pretty much impossible to get lost. I got to the estuary, then turned around and started to walk back to the car park.

And that was the walk, pretty easy to follow, impossible to get lost, lovely scenery and you’ve got it all to yourself. Locals said that it’s always empty of people on Drigg Beach. I can testify to that, my visit was during school holidays in summer and I saw just 3 people in the 5 hours I was there. I had a swim also, well, more of a paddle, the sea takes a while to get deep here and the waves were up, but it was nice, not too cold. The wind was blowing hard but there were a few ‘alcoves’ where dune met beach, inlets in the sand, where I could shelter now and again.

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