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Photo Gallery: Solway
The coastal plain of the Solway Firth from Maryport northwards, together with the rolling landscapes eastwards towards the northern Fells
and a host of picturesque villages such as Bowness on Solway, Ireby and Bridekirk.

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North Cumbria
Made Easy!
We have further subdivided North Cumbria following natural and political boundaries, mainly based on valleys radiating from the central massif of the Lake District. The subdivisions have been named according to chief rivers into which the waters of that valley drain, or other features such as the Solway for the coastal plain which extends inland from the coast north of Maryport. Carlisle covers the rich farming land stretching south from the borders and embracing the county capital. As with other border regions this part of Cumbria has a rich hsitory - Hadrian's Wall, the infamous Border Reivers, Viking raids and numerous conflicts. The Derwent region is the only part of northern Cumbria within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park and embraces the valleys and lakes around Keswick, from Borrowdale and Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite and the lesser kown Caldbeck Fells.

NN1: Carlisle The Borders & Lower Eden Valley
NN2: Solway Maryport & the Solway Coast
NN3: Derwent Keswick & the North Lakes

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UPDATED: 12/2013


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The Solway region is one of the least visited parts of Cumbria, lying as it does beyond Carlisle and the boundary of the Lake District National Park. However, it has many attractions from the famous Maryport Solfest music festival to the wilderness of the northern coastline, one of the most important wintering grounds for geese, waders and other seabirds. The landscape and towns feature in several novels by Melvyn Bragg who grew up in Wigton, and was influenced by the rich local life. Much of this region is characterised by rolling farmland, quiet lanes and sleepy villages, and with enduring panoramas of the Caldbeck and Uldale Fells and vistas across the Solway to the Galloway coast of Scotland. Maryport is a fascinating historic port built on the ridge of a hill so there is always sky at the top of the streets, rather like a miniature San Francisco. Attractions include the delightful Georgian Fleming Square, the Senhouse Roman Museum and the recently opened Wave arts and heritage complex down by the harbour. There are many maritime connections from its ship-building heritage (vessels were launched sideways into the river) to two of its famous sons - Fletcher Christian (Mutiny on the Bounty) and the founder of the White Star Line of Titanic fame. The other main towns are the seaside resort of Silloth, the dairy town of Aspatria and the market town of Wigton. The latter, which stands on the former Roman Road from Maryport to Carlisle, is dominated by the rather curious Highmoor belltower and has a fascinating memorial fountain in the market square with a set of four pre-raphaelite bronzes by Thomas Woolner.

Photographs taken around the Solway Firth: Sunlight catching meadowsweet against a stormy summer sky; the seaside resort of Silloth with its green and long, broad cobbled avenue; the picture on the left at the bottom shows spectacular cloud formations over the Solway Plain at Anthorn, typical of this lowland region; Finally an evening view over the Solway Firth to the Galloway Hills. The photograph was taken from the high road between Lamplugh and Kelton Fell and reveals the coastal strip over Cockermouth and towards Allonby and Silloth

The ancient parish church of Aikton, hidden away in the sleepy rolling countryside north of Wigton. The little church yard is a natural paradise commanding a fine view to the distant Caldbeck Fells; Right is a Small Copper butterfly on Ragwort; Bottom left is the River Wampool at Angerton near Kirkbride. The river is tidal here and the mudflats, like the Solway Coast form a feedng ground for various waders such as Lapwings and Curlews; Right are harebells growing in abundance in Aikton churchyard.

The Solway is wonderful for changing skies and cloudscapes. This summer view shows storm clouds over the Solkway marshes. Criffel rises beyond the silvered strip of the Solway Firth, the border here between England and Scotland. In addition to the Roman Wall which reached the Solway just to the north of this viewpoint, there are various other fortifications in the region including some interesting castles near Dumfries. The picture was taken west of Bowness-on-Solway.

Rolling farmland near the little village of Rosley, south of Carlisle. The pink flowers are redshank, a member of the dock family which grows on disturbed or cultivated land, though rarely in such profusion.

Top left is a view over the rich farmland from the low hills above the village of Thursby looking north-west towards the Solway; Right is the unusual Highmoor belltower which rises from the former mansion of the Banks Family, now part of a housing estate on the edge of Wigton. It once housed a collection of bells which played tunes three times every day and hymns on a Sunday. Bottom left is the River Wampool at Anthorn, just before it flows into the Solway; Right a view of harvesting oats near Thursby. The farmers were making the most of the sunshine and had cleared a huge field in just over an hour. Everytime a trailer was full another tractor was waiting to take over.

Storm clouds swirl above puddles near Great Orton; A leafy lane leading to Bridekirk, and the Caldbeck and Uldale Fells; Charnock growing beside the River Wampool; Highmoor Belltower at Wigton.


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