Things to do nearby Glenmore
If you're looking to escape the crowds but still be within easy access of the beautiful Solway Coast as well as the Lake District National Park, then Mawbray is a smashing choice for a holiday. Visit Mawbray Banks Nature Reserve; just a 10 minute walk from the cottage, adults, children and dogs will all love exploring here. Stock up on delicious local cheeses from The Mawbray Cheese Company in the village. Enjoy fish and chips and an ice cream at the nearby seaside villages of Allonby or Silloth, or take advantage of the quieter country roads and dedicated cycle tracks that criscross the area, perfect if you like to get out and about on 2 wheels.
Mawbray - meaning "maiden's castle" - is a small village in the beautiful Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Though small, it has a strong community feel, with the the village hall hosting lots of well-attended events throughout the year including craft fairs, music nights, and a film club. It's also home to The Mawbray Cheese Company, which sells delicious artisan cheeses!
Mawbray Beach is a wonderful place for a walk. Stretching for miles and backed by undulating sand dunes, there are incredible views over the sea to the towering mountains of Scotland. In fact, the whole coast here is really special. You can spend hours strolling along, building sandcastles, collecting shells, picnicking... It also faces west, so you're likely to see some spectacular fiery-red sunsets during your stay!
A few miles to north is the small town of Silloth with a promenade, small fairground and lovely town green with miniature golf. It is also the starting point for a pleasant walk along isolated Grune Point with beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Silloth also hosts an annual Music and Beer Festival, as well as numerous other festivals and fairs throughout the year. If you like to bag a bargain, then don't miss a trip to the popular Sunday car boot sale on a nearby airfield.
Silloth also boasts some rather special museums. ‘Soldiers in Silloth’ has a collection of over 10,000 toy soldiers and war-themed models, while the Motorcycle Museum showcases scores of vintage bikes from the humble BSA to Isle of Man TT champions. They're two perfect rainy-day options!
If golf's your thing, then you've got plenty of choice in this area! Silloth Golf Course is regularly touted as one of the top 100 golf courses worldwide - quite the accolade! It's not the only golfing to be had in the area, either. Maryport, a short drive down the coast, also has a spectacular course that overlooks the sea and is backed by the distant Lake District fells.
The Solway Coast is the ideal place for getting out on two wheels. There's a fabulous cycle path that passes Mawbray on it's way from Silloth to Maryport. This is a flat, paved, off-road route, so especially ideal if you've got little ones with you. There's also the famous Hadrian's Cycleway, which follows Roman history across the north of England from west to east, and you could pick a section or two to do during your stay. Other off- and on-road routes about across the Solway Coast AONB. And, if you don't have your own bike, never fear! Bikes of all sizes can be hired from Solway Cycle Hire in Allonby.
If you want to delve deeper into this history of the area, then you're spoiled for choice. Down the coast in Maryport is a fascinating Roman history museum. Holme Cultram Abbey in Abbeytown was built in the 12th century and is a former Cistercian Abbey. Airstrips and hangars left over from WWII can be found as you head north until you reach Bowness-on-Solway, the most westerly point of Hadrian's Wall. This unassuming village has another historical treat, too: you can still see the remains of a Victorian railway bridge that used to cross into Scotland!
For a day in the city, head to Carlisle with its castle, shops, and multiple attractions. There's also a historic cathedral and the fascinating Tullie House Museum as well as plenty of large open parks, riverside walks, and quaint cobbled streets to discover.
A visit to Cumbria would hardly be complete without at least a short venture into the Lake District National Park. You're in luck, with the northern lakes and fells easily accessible from the coast. The rolling grassy hills in the area known as ‘Back O’ Skiddaw’ are a great place to escape the crowds, or you could even head up to the summit of Skiddaw itself! Bassenthwaite Lake lies on the other side, or tranquil Ennerdale can be found if you follow the coast south.