The Solway Coast is a stunning stretch of coastline in Northern Cumbria. Spanning from Maryport to Silloth, the Solway is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a tranquil atmosphere. You're only a 30 minute drive to the lakes and mountains and the area has a handful of pretty villages overlooking the Cumbria Fells.
The Solway Coast
Sunsets and Sea Views in Silloth
From the Victorian era until 1964, Silloth was a thriving holiday destination with tourists flocking to take in the sea views and stroll along the promenade. These days, the town is quieter and visitors are more attracted by the sea air, sunsets, Solway brown shrimps and an incredible view over Scotland. There are 18 greens on Silloth Golf Course and the club is thought to be the best in Cumbria.
Enjoy A Spot Of Bird Watching
Bird watching is a big draw for the Solway. Thousands of migratory wildfowl arrive every year during winter to enjoy the milder climate. The habitat of sand dunes, farmland, mud flats and salt marshes provide the perfect feeding ground for the birds. You can spot thousands of bird breeds including barnacle and pink-footed geese, whooper swans and ducks in winter and gulls, snipe, lapwings, redshanks and terns in the summer.
Read more about bird watching on the Solway.
An Ancient Frontier In Cumbria
At the Western end of Hadrian’s Wall is Bowness on Solway, which historically was the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach from the Solway.
The village sits on the Roman fort’s buildings and stones taken from Hadrian’s Wall can still be seen in the local houses.
Bowness on Solway is the start and finish of the 84 mile ‘National Trail’ along Hadrian’s Wall and the route takes in stunning coastlines, fields, moors and the cities of Carlisle and Newcastle.
Visit A Nature Reserve
The Solway Coast has various nature reserves to visit and a good starting point is the RSPB Campfield Marsh nature reserve at Bowness-on-Solway. This one has an information centre where you can discover all that is on offer in the AONB. Or, head to The Watchtree nature reserve near Orton which has fantastic woodland trails to explore.
Holm Cultram Abbey
Holm Cultram Abbey at Abbeytown was founded in 1150 by Cistercian Monks. The Monks turned the abbey into a powerful and prosperous institution, farming the land, draining the salt marshes and exporting wool to Europe. Throughout its history, the abbey has been vulnerable to attacks. Robert the Bruce raided the building in 1319 and Henry 8th did the most lasting damage through the dissolution of the monastires in the 16th century. Today, part of the original abbey is used as St Mary's Church, an exhibition space and a tearoom.
Adventures and Animals At The Gincase
To the South of Silloth you will find The Gincase featuring a tea room, farm park and various outdoor adventures the kids will love like pedal go-karting, quad biking, a zip wire and a soft play area. Pens and paddocks are home to Shetland ponies, donkeys, goats and sheep.
A Roman Church
Burgh-by-Sands is home to St Michael's Church, built within the Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall in the late 12th century. The church is an impressive reminder of turbulent times and houses an exhibition about the building's heritage.