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Discover winter glory along the Solway Coast and Eden Valley

A winter break in Cumbria is a wonderful experience. The summer crowds are gone, you can get really close to nature and feel ‘at one' the natural surroundings. Imagine coastal strolls where you have the beach to yourself or fell walks where you never pass a living soul.

At this point you're probably asking, ‘what about the weather?' Of course, it's colder, and yes, there is rain. But with a bit of advance preparation and the right clothing, you can truly marvel at the crisp clarity of the landscape that you only get at this time of year.

The beauty of the Solway Coast

The Tranquil Otter is a short drive to some of the county's hidden gems and unsung heroes such as the unspoiled Solway Coast, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and stretches from Rockcliffe in the north to Maryport in the south.

The area was inhabited by Romans, Vikings, and the notorious Border Reivers before being shaped into the way you see it today. This coastline has many extraordinary and important features such as wild salt marshes, mud flats and dunes that are all protected for future generations.

Solway Firth

Image credit Trotter Fechan

The resting place of Kings – was it here that Excalibur was forged?

There are wonderful walks along the coastal path, or you can cycle around the many pretty Solway villages such as the historically significant Burgh by Sands, which is close to Hadrian’s Wall and has fended off many invasions from Scotland. It was once the site for a Roman fort and legend has it that it’s where King Arthur died and his Sword Excalibur was forged.

Longshanks, aka King Edward 1 did rest in St Michael’s Church in Burgh by Sands after dying on the marshes before being taken to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey.

The area is popular with birdwatchers and conservationists as well as short-break visitors who want to get away from it all.

Explore the Eden Valley

Tranquil Otter guests also rave about the many beautiful villages and beauty spots in the Eden Valley, which lies between the Pennines and the Lake District. As you would expect, it follows the river Eden, which, is one of the few rivers in the UK that flows northwards. It rises in Mallestang and heads northward to join the Solway Firth.

We're particularly fond of the villages of Little Salkeld where you can see the ancient stone circle called Long Meg & Her Daughters, and Lanercost Priory, a 13th-century church and one of the county's best-preserved monasteries.

Long Meg & her daughters

The Lough at Thurstonfield

The Tranquil Otter is located around a private lake (known locally as The Lough), and nature reserve that's is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. You can get up close to nature when relaxing in your hot tub from the lodge terrace, or you can row across the lake in your lodge's boat on a crisp, sunny winter day.

The Tranquil Otter

Perfect for cosy, lazy days

Each lodge has a log burning fire, Smart TVs and superfast broadband for days when you want to snuggle up and stay cosy. You can watch the wildlife around the lake from your lodge and totally relax.

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