We have just taken on our first self catering Lake District apartment in Silloth. I am sure it is going to be in high demand once people have looked at the stunning photos. North House is a grand old Victorian property with high ceilings and fabulous views from the ground floor apartment. I quite fancy staying there myself!
As it is our first property in Silloth I have been researching the area to see what there is for guests to our Lake District cottages to do whilst on holiday there.
Silloth is a fine example of a Victorian seaside resort on the Solway coast. It flourished as a resort for day trippers from across the north reaching its peak of popularity in the last 19th and early 20th centuries. The town enjoys some of the longest daylight hours in England and benefits from a mild climate.
The town was first developed in the mid 1800s when a railway terminus from Carlisle was introduced. The railway is long gone but the popularity of Silloth remains. The town was popular with factory workers seeking an affordable seaside holiday. Silloth retains the town planning of this era with wide tree lined streets and smart promenades.
There is a strong Roman history along the coastline, linking the Solway to places like Ravenglass in the south. The Hadrian’s Wall path is traditionally walked from east to west ending at Bowness-on-Solway north of Silloth. There is a regular bus service along the wall that allows you to walk linear sections of the wall and return to your start point by bus. In addition, the Hadrian’s Cycle Way passes through the town and charts a route along the quiet coastline.
Silloth is on the edge of the Solway AONB, a vast wetland on the northern coastal peninsula of Cumbria that has been a designated AONB since 1964. Very little had changed in the landscape since then. The environment consists of vast plains and wetlands and wide sandy beaches.
To the north, there is a large RSPB reserve, attracting a varied range of birds including beautiful goldwings, ringed plovers and herons. The Solway is a photographers’ dream, perfectly located to enjoy the beyond stunning sunsets, coastal scenery and the view to the southern Scottish fells.
Silloth hosts its own music festival every September at Tarnside Farm. The festival has thrived on its unique offering spectacular scenery combined with a caring and welcoming atmosphere. The flat plains of the Solway mean that the entire area benefits from distant views to the Scottish lowland fells and the Lake District fells.
If you would like to read more about the Cumbria coastline and this little known corner of Cumbria and the Lake District, click on the highlighted link to read more.