Get away from it all – truly a hidden gem, Saltom pit is a peaceful and awe inspiring place and one of the few accessible points onto the shore between Whitehaven and St Bees. It is a great place for families to explore the wildlife now re-colonising the once heavily industrialised landscape or for young thrill seekers to scramble over the boulder strewn shore. It is also a great example of a shelved rocky shore with a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) designation for its geology. The views along the coastline and out to sea are stunning, this is one of those humbling places that makes you wonder where we fit into it all. A place for pioneers.
Planning your visit:
There are few facilities close by so you may want to bring food and drink and warm clothing as well as good foot wear. Public toilet in Haig Colliery Mining Museum, cafés at Whitehaven harbour, dogs welcome at Zest, petrol station nr train station.
How to get here:
By Car from Whitehaven: Follow A5094 to the town centre then turn left after Morrisons on to the B5345. Turn right at the mini roundabout and left before the Dusty Miller pub. Follow the road up the hill until it levels out at a junction, then turn right before the bus stop and right again at the Haig colliery museum sign.