Drigg is a lovely example of a small, bar-built estuary. It is fed by three rivers; the Irt, Mite and Esk. The beach is vast and remote, with huge sand dunes to climb and an old look out post at the top.


Drigg Beach,
CA19 1XZ

OS Map Reference

A static map of Drigg

Know before you go

Entry fee

Free entry

Parking information

No designated car aprks




Dogs permitted



When to visit

Opening times

Open all year round

Best time to visit

July and August

About the reserve

What makes Drigg so special?

Drigg has the largest sand dune system in Cumbria, supporting species such as sea holly, sea bindweed and blue fleabane. The dunes and the estuary of Eskmeals and Ravenglass also support one of the largest seabird breeding colonies in the northwest.

The dunes span a range of hydrological conditions from very wet to relatively dry. Some are dominated by heather and bell heather (dune heath), some present as acidic dune grassland with a prominent lichen component, and some are areas where sand sedge grows in carpets of moss. The dune heath is a nationally rare habitat which becomes a riot of colour in July and August when the heather flowers

The range of habitats makes the area particularly important for its plant and bird life. It is also home to the rare and protected natterjack toad, supporting one of England’s largest breeding colonies, as well as great crested newts and adders.

What to do

Stroll amongst the dune systems, seeing what species you can see and testing out your ID skills. 

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)