The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretches from Rockcliffe in the North to Maryport in the South, covering about 115 square kilometres of the Solway Plain. Its importance stems from the landscape’s history, wildlife and unique habitats, including sand dunes, salt marshes and lowland raised mires. Revealed after the retreat of the last great ice sheet 10,000 years ago, successive empires and peoples have gone on to shape it – the Romans, the Vikings, the Reivers and us. This stretch of coast is renowned for its spectacular sunsets.

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