Stage 14: Siloth to Kirkbride — Cumbria Coastal Way
Includes off-grid segments
Navigation instructions may be limited.
4.61 mi in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 14, 2021
In this stage you visit the headland of Grune Point beyond Skinburness hamlet, before striding out along the Solway Plain and its atmospheric marshes. This is a gloriously open landscape, known to few but enjoyed by those who venture into it. The great northern Lakeland sentinel of Skiddaw looks especially grand on the southern skyline, rising to a fine domed peak.
You leave Silloth and follow the coast to Grune Point beyond Skinburness. Don’t attempt the section onwards from Skinburness to Abbeytown at high tide or when visibility is poor, despite the waymarking. An alternative along the backroads via Calvo is much safer during such a time.
If the conditions are on your side, it is an invigorating walk, as you jump over the small creeks and keep your ears out for the song of the skylark. The former Cistercian abbey at Abbeytown is worth a short detour, as is the battlemented St John’s church when you arrive in Newton Arlosh. Here, the Joiners Arms pub makes for a good lunch stop.
It’s not far from here to the village of Kirkbride, the most remote stage end point on the Cumbria Coastal Way. The Bush Inn may have rooms or, failing that, there’s the White Heather Hotel to the south at Kirkbride Airfield. The 93A bus to Carlisle is an option, though it is infrequent.
January 28, 2021