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Horse Riding

There are loads of places where horse riders can explore the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lots of people head for the beach, while others head inland along the country lanes. When the tide is out you can cover an area stretching from Maryport to Silloth, with places to stop along the way.


There are three easy spots where you can access the beaches and park a horsebox. Please be respectful of other users and be aware that the car parks can get full. In Allonby there are large car parks to the south and north of the village and another big car park at Silloth’s west beach.

Alternatively, try the south and central beaches at Mawbray Banks though the parking here is limited.
Please do be careful of the wildlife when you ride here. There are birds nesting on the beaches above the high water mark between March and July and they are at their most vulnerable when sitting on eggs. Stick to existing paths and tracks whenever possible, or ride below the high tide line if it’s safe to do so.

Take a wide route around birds that appear distressed. Move away quickly and quietly – even if that means you are going back the way you have come.

Head to the beach and enjoy the ride!

public rights of way map

Cumbria County Council has a map which shows all the public rights of way and an explanation about who is allowed to use which routes. 

Where you can ride

The British Horse Society has some good tips about where you are OK to ride.