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St Bees and Maryport - Day 2

Discover St Bees. Towering red sandstone cliffs, a perfect sandy beach and a rich past – part of England’s only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales. Enjoy a walk round the Cumbrian coast on the towering cliffs of St Bees Head, taking in the largest sea bird colony in the North West (during spring and summer).
Then head up the coast to Maryport, a bustling harbour town with Roman roots. Discover its maritime past and enjoy a Roman ramble.

 

Morning

Arrive at Maryport station and head for the harbour. Here you will find the Maritime Museum and the Lake District Coast Aquarium, both well worth a browse.
The aquarium boasts 75+ themed tanks containing a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline. The Sealab is home to juvenile species such as Rays & Cat Sharks and also houses a lobster breeding programme. This sees lobsters released back into the Solway once they are fully formed & healthy, to combat the low survival rate of Lobster larvae in the wild.

Maryport

Maryport is a very pleasant town to discover on foot - built on a grid pattern in the 18thC, it is very easy to find your way around. Start at the harbour, recently refurbished to a high standard where pleasure craft are berthed.

 

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Maryport

The Lake District Coast Aquarium opened in May 1997 and contains 75+ themed tanks containing a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline.

 
 

Lunch

The Queyside Café at the Aquarium is well worth a visit
 

Afternoon

Walk off your lunch with a Roman themed ramble, starting at the Maritime Museum. This 3 mile walk climbs the sea brows, yielding spectacular views of the Solway Firth. The route meanders into the Solway Coasts Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and takes in the Senhouse Roman Museum, which houses some of the most important archaeological finds in Europe and is sited near the Roman settlement of Alauna.

1. Begin your walk from the Maritime Museum. Cross the road and head down King Street, to the right of the church.

2. When you reach the junction of King Street and Brow Street, turn right.
Straight ahead you will find your first challenge; the steps of "Back Brow".
109 of them!

3. At the top of the steps turn left and walk up the grass path. Upon arrival at the top of this short path you are met with several fine Georgian houses situated near the delightful Fleming Square.

4. Now turn to the sea brows and walk north on the road, away from the harbour. The final building before you hit open countryside is Senhouse Roman Museum.

5. Follow the hard surface path as it meanders down the sea brows.

6. Eventually this narrow but easy-going cliff path forks. To the left you can take a short cut and enjoy a stroll back to Maryport along the promenade. Bear right to continue on your way over the second of three hills leading towards Bank End.

7. At the bottom of the hill the path turns left and joins the promenade. Turn right and complete your journey to Bank End.

8. Now turn back and begin your stroll along the long, dog-legged promenade to Maryport.

9. Turn left off the promenade opposite the play area and continue along the road past Maryport Millennium Green. Follow King Street until you arrive back at the harbour.

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Maryport

An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.

 
 

Evening

Head back to the train station, tired and somewhat more cultured! Use the train ride home to digest the amazing finds this quiet area of Cumbria has to offer.
 

Overnight

Weather
The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Practical information
Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers.

Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.
 

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