Stage 16: Brough-by-Sands to Carlisle — Cumbria Coastal Way
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
2.14 mi in total
Alex Foxfield planned a hike.
January 20, 2021
The penultimate stage of the Cumbria Coastal Way is a splendid walk to where the River Eden becomes the Solway Firth. In the latter stages, you follow the route of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, as it joins the Eden and meanders to the great border city of Carlisle and its magnificent castle.
At the eastern end of Burgh by Sands, you take the road north, signposted for Sandsfield. After a while, a short detour brings you to a memorial to Edward I, who died whilst camping on Burgh Marsh. His plan had been to cross the Solway and ‘hammer’ the Scottish rebellion led by Robert the Bruce.
Follow the saltings north to a farm on the very banks of the Eden. The river’s tidal bore is evident along the next section. Take great care as it does occasionally breach the bank. Along with the river, the route meanders south, with great views across to Rockcliffe on the opposite bank. Before long, you arrive in Beaumont and, after following the river to Grinsdale, you join forces with the Hadrian’s Wall Path once more.
You negotiate numerous kissing gates on your journey into Carlisle, with the Eden as your constant companion to the left. Pass under the main train line and continue through parkland into the city centre. Carlisle Castle is a magnificent fortress and certainly worth a look. The city has all the amenities you could require ahead of the final stage to Gretna.
January 28, 2021