Waberthwaite is a village close to the Esk Estuary, most famous for its Cumberland sausages.

The village shop was founded by Mrs Hannah Woodall in 1828. One of her sons began to make Cumberland sausages, and the business expanded to include hams and other pork products. Despite some recent troubles both the shop and the sausage production are still going, and more hams are being produced again.

The Broad Oak quarry, north of the village, was once an important local employer. It closed in 1946 although some stone has been taken for specific purposes since. The old quarry is now a site of special scientific interest.

Waberthwaite has a noisy neighbour in the shape of the Eskmeals Gunnery Range, where new weapons are fired out to sea for testing. The noise from some of these trials can be heard as far away as Ennerdale, and a not-too distant view can be gained from the coastal road.

Directions: Waberthwaite is on the main A 595, just to the south of the River Esk.

Grid Reference: SD 105 933

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