When you think of the Lake District you picture lakes, mountains and often hordes of tourists. But head west to the Solway Coast and discover a quieter side, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty blessed with delightful coastal villages like Allonby.
Prepare to gaze in awe at the wide, horseshoe bay, backed by sand dunes and affording sweeping vistas of the Isle of Man and southern Scotland. Look out for birdlife, the occasional seal and dolphin, wild Allonby ponies, not to mention tame ones for rides on the sands.
Explore Allonby's cobbled backwaters, dipping in and out of the shops and eateries, where you'll sample Cumbrian hospitality at its best. On a hot summer's day, cool down with a large dollop of homemade ice-cream.
Outdoor fun in an Allonby holiday home!
Windsurf in one of the northwest's best spots. Walk the ancient Smugglers' Route or a chunk or two of the Cumbrian Coastal Way. Head inland to the Solway Plain crisscrossed with tranquil lanes, paths and bridleways. Add golf, freshwater fishing, nature reserves and a selection of vibrant festivals.
Drive up the coast to the seaside town of Silloth, with its prom, harbour and golf course, or down to Maryport, with its striking Georgian architecture, aquarium, wave centre and Senhouse Roman Museum. The region has a colourful history and other places of interest include Milefortlet 21 (World Heritage Site), Anglo-Saxon saltpans and stately homes like Mirehouse and Caerlaverock Castle just across the border.
Come evening, watch spectacular sunsets slip into the sea then unwind in your cosy Allonby cottage Please find below our self-catering holiday cottages to rent in Allonby, Cumbria.