Workington is in an impressive setting on Cumbria’s coast, with the Solway Firth in front of it and the landscape of Lake District National Park behind it. It’s a very active town with plenty of amenities and facilities, making it a good location for your new home. At heart it’s an ancient market town and it also had an important industrial past as this was a big coal and steel producing area. Today Workington is the third largest town in Cumbria after Carlisle and Kendal, and it continues to play a role in the economy and employment of the county.
Workington is the main shopping centre for West Cumbria and as well as the town centre shops you’ve got the Washington Square Shopping Centre, and just out of town a short way, the Dunmail Shopping Centre – which also has a cinema. Workington Leisure Centre, in Griffin Street, opened in 2016, and has got some impressive facilities. There’s also a golf club to the east of the town and several different sports clubs. There are some lovely parks here, but with the Lake District so close by, you might just head for the hills.
The towns along this stretch of the coastline are connected by the A595 which runs between Carlisle to the north and Seascale to the south. The A66 is the wonderfully scenic route from the town, crossing the Lake District, the M6 junction at Penrith, and then the Pennines. It’s just under 40 miles to the M6 for journeys further afield. TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast are the train operators for services from Workington station, getting you to Carlisle in about 50 minutes, and Stagecoach is the bus operator for the area, linking with Cockermouth and Keswick.
Going to school
There’s a good choice of Primary and Infant & Nursery schools in the town. Workington Academy and St Joseph’s High School are the main secondary education providers.
A National Park on your doorstep
There’s probably not much we can add about the Lake District that you don’t know already. It’s just 20 miles to Keswick but you can get right off the beaten track well before that. The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to the west of Carlisle, another natural resource for you to explore.