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. Cots, baby sitting/baby listening service, internet facilities, ample safe car parking, secure cycle storage, laundry room and washing machine. Close to golf course and fresh water/sea fishing. Children welcome. No pets. Non smoking.
|Address: Castlemont. Aspatria, Wigton. Cumbria CA7 2JU
Phone: +44 (0)16973 20205
Crookhurst Cottage and Farmhouse (Allonby)
|We offer luxury self catering accommodation in a quiet and peaceful location ideal for relaxing, walking or enjoying the stunning countryside of the Lake District.
Our holiday cottage accommodation is perfect for family holidays and short breaks in Cumbria with a wide range of outdoor pursuits to keep family members of any age entertained.
Crookhurst cottage can sleep 2 or 3 people and Crookhurst farmhouse can sleep 10-12.
Crookhurst Farm is an authentic farmhouse with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and personal attention for all guests. Internet access is available at the farm.
Short bargain breaks on offer of Friday to Sunday or, come any day within this period even for a one night only.
|Five bed roomed Self catering accommodation is available at Crookhurst, which is located within a working farm (Bowscale Farm) half a mile away from the picturesque village of Allonby on the Solway Coast.
The Farmhouse consists of:
Ground Floor - Utility room: with washing machine and tumble drier.
Dining / Kitchen: with dishwasher, microwave, electric cooker fridge and freezer.
Lounge: with easy seating, gas fire, colour TV, video DVD plus digital TV and CD player.
Bedroom on ground floor: twin beds, TV, DVD player plus easy seating.
Ground floor shower room with wash basin & electric shower (suitable for the elderly or people with limited mobility)
Bath room with toilet wash basin bath and electric shower.
One single Bed Room - One double Plus one single futon - One Double plus one single bed - One king size bed - Plus one single and guest bed.
Dogs accepted by arrangement.
|The Grade II listed Cottage offers beautiful views across the Solway Firth, surrounding farmland & hills.
Just half mile along a country lane takes you to the award wining beach, shops, pub & restaurant at Allonby.
The Cottage consists of:
Ground Floor - Gas Central heating throughout the cottage.Living room: with easy seating, gas fire, TV, video & CD player.
Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, electric cooker, fridge & freezer and washing machine.
First Floor - Bedroom with a double bed and a single futon and Cot available.
Shower room: with toilet wash basin and shower cubicle.
|Address: Crookhurst, Bowscale Farm, Allonby, Maryport, Cumbria CA15 6RB
Phone: +44 (0)1900 881228
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.