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Boustead Hill

The area around Boustead Hill is very popular with horse riders keen to explore the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are two equestrian centres in the hamlet and some horse owners even bring their animals here on holiday.

Boustead Hill is a pretty unusual place – a hamlet perched on what is almost an island, with salt marsh and sea on one side, reclaimed farmland on the other. It always feels like it is just one high tide and a breach of the sea defences away from becoming a proper island again.

The area is also very popular with walkers and cyclists as this hamlet sits on the Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Hadrian’s Cycleway.

It’s a place also loved by wildlife watchers with red squirrels, foxes, deer and badger roaming the fields, and migrant geese, kestrel and buzzards taking to the skies.

Getting here…

Take the road from the Carlisle bypass signposted for Bowness on Solway and Burgh by Sands. The nearest train station is Carlisle.


  • Free parking
  • Accommodation
  • Equestrian livery yards

Did you know…?

The Boustead herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cattle was founded by local man William Peel. He was one of the first to import Canadian Holstein bloodlines in to the UK and his family still farm here today.

Look for…

The impressive Boustead Hill House, a lovely example of Regency architecture. It is Grade II listed and one of the area’s landmarks.