It’s no wonder that tourists have been coming to what is now the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for hundreds of years.
The Victorians played a huge part in shaping the area for visitors, turning Silloth in to a typical seaside resort. It was a particular playground for the families of the factory workers of Carlisle who could find an affordable day trip on their doorstep. The main central attraction then was the village green, which still remains today.
The caravan and holiday parks which have sprung up around the town are testament to the area’s popularity, with many visitors coming back year after year.
Those parks continue right along the Cumbrian coast with some local families having bought holiday properties just a short drive away from their own homes – such is the temptation and lure of this lovely shoreline.
But that environment has been detrimental too – holiday parks along the stretch of coast north of Maryport were, many years ago, forced to close because of coastal erosion.
Another thing which draws the tourists here is the scope for adventure. Miles of walking, not least as the start or finish of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, are on offer, as are some impressive cycle routes, like Route 72 of the National Cycle Network and the Hadrian’s Cycleway. Some local farms even offer equestrian holidays where people can bring their horses to explore the area.
Then there’s the history which draws people here, to the museums which specialise in everything from the maritime world to the Romans.
And, of course, there’s the wildlife which brings birdwatchers from around the world to see the annual migration displays and to seek out the sealife which frequent these shores.