The parish is an area of hidden antiquity; megalithic standing stones, stone circles and ancient tracks.
About Whicham Parish Council
The Parish of Whicham is situated in the remote south west corner of Cumbria, mostly within The Lake District National Park, in the southern part of the Borough of Copeland. The communities are located on the narrow coastal plain by the Irish Sea or along the Whicham valley. The bulk of the parish is dominated by Black Combe.
The parish also has safe sandy accessible beaches and is used by visitors and locals for a range of activities; swimming, dog walking, fishing, boating, horse riding, wind/ kite surfing. This valuable tourism resource has the award of Blue Flag Status.
What does the parish council do for the local communities?
It’s confusing trying to think about what a parish council actually does, but with the help of this page and the ‘Our Achievements’ page we hope to give you a little insight into what goes on.
Parish councils have a variety of powers and duties, all of which impact directly on the community.
The following are all under the remit of local councils. Some of these duties do not apply to Whicham Parish Council, but where they do, the Parish Council takes its duties seriously.
The parish is an area of hidden antiquity; megalithic standing stones, stone circles and ancient tracks. The coastal land has been inhabited from Neolithic times and had a significantly large concentration of stone circles surrounding Black Combe. Most disappeared at the height of the 18th and 19th century agricultural revolution. The surviving ones are on Lacra and at Kirksanton.
Farming is the main source of income, supplemented by tourism for those seeking simplicity and quiet surroundings. Horticulture and residential care have added to the rural economy.
This landscape set against the dramatic backdrop of Black Combe has inspired some of our country’s most acclaimed poets and writers; William Wordsworth, Branwell Bronte, Norman Nicholson and Alfred Wainwright, enriching our heritage at local, national and international level.
Whicham Parish Council meetings are held at Silecroft Village Hall