Allonby & The Solway Coast

Unlike the southern and central Lake District, the Western Lake District and Solway Coast area is relatively unknown; yet this region has so much to offer. The roads are comparatively quiet and if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, many of them lead to the quiet sandy beaches in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cumbria has more than 93 miles of coastline; and from Allonby and Silloth you can enjoy dramatic views across to southern Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Allonby beach, Solway Coast Cumbria

Allonby Bay

The Western Lake District holds a number of surprises; and none more so than the wide vista of beach that is the Allonby Bay. Initially upon approaching Allonby along the B5300 the stunning views are blocked by the sand dunes, eventually however the whole horseshoe of Allonby Bay opens up providing some breathtaking views towards Scotland across the Solway Firth. Allonby itself is a delightful seaside village – the very visage of what a seaside village use to be. With its cobbled streets, wild ponies on the Beach Green and tame ones to ride on the beach. The village is also very popular for windsurfing and is has a reputation for being one of the best in the North West. Allonby also has a wealth of places to eat and drink with a number of bars, restaurants and cafe's as well as the famous ice cream shop on the sea front.

Allonby Bay towards Scotland, Solway Coast Cumbria

Looking across Allonby Bay towards Scotland

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of this area is with an ice cream, on a warm summer's evening with the salty scent of the sea in the air with the sun setting over the Scottish mountains from across the bay. These are the very things which holiday memories are made of.

Allonby Village Solway Coast Cumbria

Also located close by is the seaside destination of Silloth, which has a quaintness and genteel aura. This seaside town has cobbled streets, a small working harbour, a promenade, a choice of shingle of sandy beaches, 1.5 miles promenade, fun fair, open air market, paddling pool and an 18 hole golf course. Must visits include, Pig in the Bath antiques and Twentyman's Ice Cream shop.

Harbour town of Maryport - near Allonby, Cumbria

Harbour Town of Maryport

Maryport is a nautical town 5 miles from Allonby and less than 20 miles from Keswick. This seaside town is a well preserved example of Georgian planning and many fine buildings are dotted around the streets and alleys of this small town. The town also hosts the Lake District Coast Aquarium; designed to portray marine and fresh water fish in their natural surroundings, The Senhouse Roman Museum and the Wave Centre; by the harbour, this attraction tells the story of Maryport’s development from the 18th Century to the present day through a number of different exhibits. The town also hosts an annual Blues Festival in late-July.

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