Even the Romans utilised the presence of the sea and its shoreline as added defence in the building of Hadrian's Wall, their great frontier sweeping along the Solway Firth and down the west coast as far as Ravenglass.
The west-facing Solway coast affords expansive views and glorious sunsets over the Irish Sea, which can be enjoyed from the promenade walks.
The fishing village of Allonby enjoys some beautiful far-reaching views over to Scotland and the Isle of Man.Its sand and shingle beach follows the edge of a wide crescent-shaped bay that is ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing. Behind the dunes and the ‘greens' is an assortment of grand Georgian architecture and humble fishermen's cottages, linked by narrow cobbled lanes and passageways.
The ancient township of Aspatria (pronounced ‘Spi-atry' by locals) is now described as ‘milk town’.It has one of the most modern creameries in England on its doorstep, with several local outlaying farms supplying milk on a daily basis.