The Solway Coast

The Solway Coast is a stunning stretch of coastline in Northern Cumbria. Spanning from Maryport to the Scottish border, 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.

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Sunset at a beach on 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.

Birds on the Solway Coast

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.

Hadrian's Wall

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.

Peacock Butterfly

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.

Beach in Cumbria

Holme Cultram Abbey

Holme 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 monasteries in the 16th century. Today, part of the original abbey is used as St Mary's Church, an exhibition space and a tearoom.

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