Solway Coast and Plain
Tranquil, restful and freedom to move. What better holiday destination than an unspoiled coastline designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and miles of level open countryside reflecting centuries of culture and heritage stretching eastwards to the foot of the Caldbeck Fells and northwards to the regional capital of Carlisle and the historic landmark of Hadrians Wall.
The Solway Coast is officially recognised as the area between the town of Maryport and Rockcliffe Marsh on the Scottish Border. It's a land of spectacular sunsets which attracts artists and photographers from countrywide.
Inland, the Solway Plain and its scattered communities form a storehouse of cultural and historical interests and nature conservation. The level paths, trails, bridleways, quiet country lanes and roads are ideal for the many walkers and cyclists who look for only moderate exertions in an uncluttered countryside. A popular walk is the “Smugglers Route”beginning at Maryport and ending at Mealsgate via Allonby and Hayton. Combine these with a wealth of respected golf courses, fresh water fishing, pony trekking, colourful town and village annual festivals, nature reserves and museums and you have something of interest for all ages.
Naturally, as a William Wordsworth themed website we cannot fail to mention the National Trust maintained Wordsworth House in nearby Cockermouth, the birthplace of the great poet in 1770.
Wildlife photography courtesy of Christine Redgate
Solway Activities and Information
Hadrians Wall. See our Hadrians Wall Walk Page for advice and information.
Reivers Cycle Route. St. Bees to Tynemouth on the east coast.
Watchtree Nature Reserve. Situated on a former World War 2 airfield, this is one of the largest man-made reserves in Europe. Bird viewing hides, picnic areas, refreshments and toilet facilities.
Silloth Golf Club. Championship Links of 6641 yards. Stunning views.
Carlisle Cathedral. Founded 1122.
Family Day Out
Maryport Aquarium. Over 2000 fish on display, café, gift shop, mini golf course, boating pool and play park. Buy an all day ticket.
Tullie House. Carlisle. A large collection depicting the history and culture of the region.
Notables of the Area
Melvyn Bragg. Wigton born broadcaster, writer and prolific novelist. A dedicated Cumbrian.
Principal towns and villages
Maryport, Silloth, Allonby, Skinburness, Bowness on Solway, Burgh by sands, Abbey Town, Wigton, Aspatria, Dalston, Anthorn.
Solway Coast and Plain Accommodation
The Queens (Silloth)
|"The first stop on the Hadrian's Cycleway on the edge of the Lake District."
The Queens is a newly renovated Victorian home overlooking the park, sea and Scottish mountains beyond.
Spacious en-suite rooms. Secure cycle storage. Take in the view from the dining room, where you will enjoy a satisfying, substantial English breakfast.
Enjoy a comfortable night's sleep and a hot bath /shower in our spacious en-suite rooms.
Quality at a realistic prices.
To book now, contact John or Sandra.
|Address: The Queens, 1 Park Terrace, Silloth, Cumbria CA7 4DQ
Phone: +44 (0)16973 31373
Mobile: +44 (0)7753 859403
Castlemont Bed and Breakfast (Aspatria)
Awarded 4 stars, Castlemont bed & breakfast is set in two acres of tranquil gardens and overlooking the beauty and famous sunsets of the Solway Estuary on one side and the peace of the Solway Plain on the other.
Here, walkers and cyclists will find the freedom to roam uncrowded country roads, paths, lanes and trails of the Plain or marvel at the unspoiled beauty of the Solway Coast. A little to the north stands the regional capital of Carlisle, it’s castle, museums and cathedral and the historic landmark of Hadrians Wall.
Castlemonts comfortable accommodation offers one double en-suite room, one double/family room sleeping 4 and one twin room, all with private facilities of t.v. and tea/coffee making equipment.
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast from a choice of cereals, porridge, kippers, haddock and poached eggs, home cured ham or any combination of an English or Continental breakfast. Packed lunches on request.
£35 per person based on 2 people sharing. Single occupancy from £40.
Call or mail Eleanor Lines for the very best in bed and breakfast accommodation.
|Address: Castlemont. Aspatria, Wigton. Cumbria CA7 2JU
Phone: +44 (0)16973 20205
Solway Coast and Plain Websites
Solway Shore Stories - A place where you will enjoy discovering more about the Solway Firth, the extraordinary stretch of water that both divides and unites the South-West corner of Scotland and the North-West corner of England.