Silloth was a planned town built in the 1850’s around the new deepwater port. You will notice the wide tree-lined streets and the extensive sea front green, with magnificent promenade stretching back to Skinburness. Don’t rush through Silloth. It has a memorable end of the road and edge of the land feel, and it’s certainly not on the road to anywhere, so it might be a while before you come again. Its name derives from the “Lathes” or barns which were used to store grain and were located close to the sea, thus “sea lathes”. The great English singer Kathleen Ferrier, for whom Benjamin Britten wrote several works, moved to Silloth back in 1936, when the town was booming.

Places of interest

Tourist Information Centre, Solway Coast Discovery Centre (see below).

Solway Coast Discovery Centre, Liddell St, CA7 4DD (016973 31944). Film tour – shows coastal highlights. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions. 2006 marked the 40th anniversary of
the Solway Coast being designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the Discovery Centre helps bring this to life with a fascinating montage of how the area developed from the Ice Age through to modern times. Lots of interesting facts about the Viking settlements here and the plethora of Viking place names.

For further information on the area, contact The Solway Coast AONB Management, Liddell St, Silloth, CA7 4DD. 016973 31944, The Solway Coast AONB was designated in 1964 and covers 44 square miles (115 sq km) of the Cumbrian coastline between Rockcliffe and Maryport. It is one of 37 AONBs in England,which, like the National Parks, are protected as our finest landscapes.

Find out more about cycling in Cumbria:

Should you wish to spend more time exploring the Solway coast, take a look at the website for five wonderful cycle loops.