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The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty is a brilliant destination for cyclists.

We’ve got miles of fairly quiet roads and some lovely off-road routes, and it’s pretty flat, so exploring on two wheels is a great idea.

We’ve even created some handy maps for you in case you’re looking for a little route inspiration. Download them here or pick up a free copy from the Discovery Centre or the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty office in Silloth.

There are loads of rides to choose from which take in parts of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not least the Hadrian’s Cycleway. Try the Maryport to Allonby Cycle Path which is a dedicated route offering a safer alternative to riding on the B5300 road. It’s due to be expanded all the way to Silloth, with work expected to start on the route in 2019.

You can even cycle the Cardurnock Peninsula, a 16-mile route past beaches and saltmarshes, or, if you’d like to find more routes inland, check out the Visit Allerdale website.

Or you could try the Burgh-by-Sands to Solway Coast route, or even the Carlisle to Workington path, both parts of the National Cycle Network. Downloadable maps are available from the Sustrans website.

Haven’t got your own bike?

That’s ok. You can rent them for a full or a half day from Solway Cycle Hire in Allonby.