AN innovative coastal project, which will stretch from Whitehaven to Millom, has been given the green light.

Led by Copeland Council, the Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast Project will receive over £1million funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

The 40-mile trail will feature a new beach cafe, adrenaline activities, cycling facilities, and 10 incredible art installations displayed at various points throughout the route.

Millom councillor, Bob Kelly said: “The council are confident this project will benefit our town through a potential increase of tourism.

The new permanent cafe, which will be located on Silecroft beach and provide state-of-the-art mixed-ability facilities, which will replace the two temporary on-site cabins.

Mr Kelly added: “The new cafe is just one example of how this project can generate more jobs for the area.

“These sort of innovative developments will always be good for town morale too.

“Tourism is very important to Haverigg and Millom after the loss of industry in the 1960s.”

As well as receiving funding from Copeland County Council, Sellafield will also provide £605,000.

There is also further partner support coming from Cumbria County Council, Natural England, Muncaster Castle, the Western Lake District, and Coast Partnership.

“A private firm like Sellafield helping with funding shows the togetherness of our area,” said Mr Kelly.

“Any help is always greatly appreciated, especially when it generates tourism and publicity.”

The project will also include an augmented climbing wall at Muncaster Castle, and provide Links to Wheels - an inclusive cycling centre.