Visit Silloth & solway plain
about Silloth & Solway Plain
• The Solway's outstanding landscapes, diverse habitats and rich heritage have been recognised as the Solway Coast AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
• The Victorian seaside town of Silloth is a popular destination for its leisurely atmosphere, seaside recreation and spectacular sunsets.
• The natural indentation of the Solway Firth also influenced the building of Hadrian's Wall in AD 122, a 73-mile (117 km) frontier between Bowness-on-Solway and Wallsend that marked the northern extent of the Roman Empire.
• Romans, Vikings, Normans, monasteries, Border reivers and the Victorians all left their mark on this rich landscape.
• In 1626 the bells of St Michael's Church at Bowness were stolen by Scottish raiders who jettisoned them in the Solway whilst being pursued back to Scotland.
• Bowness villagers retaliated by taking the bells from Dornock and Middlebie churches in Dumfriesshire where they are kept at the rear of the church to this day.