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Family fun on the Heritage Coast-Day 2

Explore Cumbria’s West Coast for stunning beaches and a rich past. Explore our spicy past in the port town of Whitehaven. Then head down 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.

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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.

Route Details

1. Begin your walk from the Maritime Museum. After taking a few minutes to read up on Maryport's long seafaring history, 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, where for many years the local market was held.

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. The Senhouse Roman Museum houses some of the most important archaeological finds in Europe and is sited near the Roman settlement of Alauna. 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. Visible to the right is Bank End Farm and Maryport Golf Course which stretches away over the sand dunes to the north. 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. The sandstone visible on the shoreline here stretches down over a kilometre underground and its surface shows evidence of being part of a desert landscape millions of years ago.

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.

 
 

Overnight

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.
 

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