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Walking

The best way to see the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on foot – whether you want a proper big hike or just a short walk away from the car.

Stretch your legs along the shoreline, get muddy in the marshland, blow away the cobwebs on the beach, or find some history in the fields and farmland.

Walking is the only way to properly appreciate the wildlife and nature that exists here, and to see it close up, as well as to pause for a minute and admire the amazing views which stretch across the Solway Firth to Scotland.

That’s why we’ve worked hard to make as many areas as possible accessible to wheelchairs, Trampers and pushchairs, and accommodate the littlest legs of our youngest visitors. We’ve even put boardwalks across peat bogs.

Crosscanonby Carr, Campfield Marsh RSPB Reserve, Finglandrigg Woods, Glasson Moss and Watchtree Nature Reserve all have routes which meet Access for All standards.

For those who want longer walks, you’ll be in your element on the Solway Coast.

The ultimate challenge is the Hadrian’s Wall Walk which starts or finishes in Bowness on Solway – depending on which way you tackle it.

But if that 84-mile trek sounds like too much of a challenge, we’ve designed some great routes for you to explore. You can pick up free copies from the Discovery Centre in Silloth, or download them.

Ordnance Survey has some circular walks in the area too. Have a look here.

And we’ve detailed parking places on all of our places to explore pages so you can leave the car behind.