Stage 13: Maryport to Siloth — Cumbria Coastal Way
Includes off-grid segments
Navigation instructions may be limited.
3.06 mi in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
After Maryport, you leave the Irish Sea behind and make for the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Roman history, vibrant wildlife and seaside villages await on your journey from Maryport to Silloth.
As you depart Maryport, you also leave behind what has been your faithful companion for much of the Way, the Cumbrian Coastal Line, as it heads for Carlisle station via Aspatria, Wigton and Dalston.
You continue along the raised beach, with the Galloway coast in Scotland getting closer with every step. At Crosscanonby village, I’ve added a short detour to the remains of Roman Milefortlet 21, an intriguing glimpse into what it must have been like to have been garrisoned here as a Roman soldier. The village of Allonby makes for a good lunch stop before continuing north to Dubmill Point.
Beyond this minor promontory, you enter Mawbray Bank Nature Reserve. Here, the dune grasslands merge into dune heath, providing an important breeding and roosting site for a variety of seabirds. It’s best to tackle the section between Mawbray and Siloth at low tide and even then, you should avoid the beach when birds are roosting.
Silloth has a few hotels, many guest houses, and a great number of caravan parks in its surroundings. For supplies, there’s a Co-op in the town centre. The 400 bus service links to Carlisle.
January 28, 2021