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Sport in Whitehaven

Like neighbouring rivals Workington, Whitehaven is big on sport and has a huge rugby following. Whitehaven Rugby League team plays at its own ground, an area that is often used for open air events. There’s a Sports Complex in the town centre offering a range of classes and activities and a soft play area for kids. Just up the road is a newly refurbished full-sized swimming pool and gym.

There are plenty of athletics clubs, running clubs, sporting groups and football teams for kids and adults of all ages - and keen cyclists might know that Whitehaven is the starting (or finishing) point on the C2C or Sea to Sea Cycle Route.

There’s a lovely area of green space and a kids’ play area near what was once the old castle, now converted flats. Army, sea, and air cadets all have units within the town and scouting and guiding opportunities are also available.

The facts

There are a number of primary and secondary schools in the area and many also have nursery provision. Mayfield, on the outskirts of town, is an all age school for children and young people with special education needs, rated Outstanding by OFSTED.

The town is served by West Cumberland Hospital, located in Hensingham (a Whitehaven suburb). It is a general hospital providing a 24-hour A&E, a consultant-led maternity unit and special care baby unit, a range of specialist clinical services and an outpatients’ service.

Housing varies considerably. From period Georgian buildings to modern flats there is something to suit all budgets and requirements. Property is more competitively priced than some of the more rural areas and much better value than settlements within the Lake District National Park.

Whitehaven has a manned railway station and sits on the Cumbrian Coast Line linking Carlisle and Barrow. It is connected to the north and the south of the county via the A595 and is a 45 minute drive from the M6.

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