An historic Georgian town and port situated on the west coast of Cumbria, Whitehaven is also the traditional starting point for the C2C route. The town once the third largest port in England is rich in history and was once the leading UK port involved in slave and rum trading.
Whitehaven also has a dubious claim to fame in being the only place ever attacked by American forces on British soil. This was in 1778 during the American war of Independence when Captain John Paul Jones led an unsuccessful attempt to destroy part of the British fleet in the harbour.
Built on shipping and mining, the town enjoyed long periods of prosperity before sliding into decay when its traditional industries closed down.
In recent years Whitehaven has undergone a revitalisation of many of its historic buildings and sites with a view to developing Whitehaven as a tourist destination. Today the town's walled harbour, with its piers and promenades, is a conservation area, used by pleasure craft and fishing vessels.
With a population of around 26,000 people you will find plenty of amenities including a good array of restaurants, cafés, B&B’s, hotels and over 45 pubs. You will also find two bicycle shops in the town.