A WOMAN has travelled up and down the coast of Cumbria to create a series of story walks for children and their families.

Tale Trails saw Anja Phoenix and her daughter May of Skinburness explore secret coves, windswept beaches and quiet corners, travelling from Whitehaven down to Millom.

The project was funded by the Connecting Cumbria's Hidden Coast project and included a collaborative effort from those providing opportunities for children to get out and explore for free, including The Outdoor Partnership, The Hiking Household and Copeland Council.

Aja could choose six locations to shine a light on and show off folklore, legends and myths.

She said: “We were given this grant for six different locations, it was brilliant because it was like, you go off, explore the coastline, and you decide which will be good locations.

“I’ve been doing, for the last 10 years, little trails called tale trails. It’s basically story maps for children to explore the local area.”

The 44-year-old and her 8-year-old daughter explored the ‘stunning’ west coast.

She said: “I knew about some of the locations, but we found some amazing places like Fleswick Bay near St Bees, which is just a beautiful little secret cove, there’s gemstones there, we saw seals, there’s amazing rockpools.

“And then just other amazing locations like Seascale Beach which has amazing rockpools for kids to explore in, secret beaches around Haverigg.”

The trails are available to download for free on taletrails.co.uk or free sets are available at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven and Millom Heritage and Arts Centre.