Explore the Coastline

You may well have planned your route and time with one of our bikes but here is some local information that might be of use to you and help you enjoy your ride even more.

 

Going North?

If you head north on the cycle way looking over to your left to the coastline of Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland, you will join the road (B5300) near the northern end of Allonby. Continuing up the B5300 after a mile you will pass Dubmill Point probably most well-known for the dramatic photos of waves crashing over the farmhouse during stormy weather.

Mawbray is the next village on the B5300 and if you turn right off the main road The Lowther Village Pub & Dining can be found after a quarter of a mile, a traditional country pub serving quality, home cooked food using local produce.

Half a mile on from Mawbray is the Bankmill Visitor Centre incorporating the Dunes Coffee Shop, nursery, Jurassic Island, play areas and nature reserve.

Just a little further on from Bankmill the turning on the right will take you, after a mile and a quarter, to The Gincase which has a tea room, craft barn, gift shop and children’s farm park.

Returning to the B5300 and continuing north will take you, 7 miles from Allonby, into Silloth, a small seaside town with strong Victorian heritage. It has wide elegant tree lined streets, a spacious sea front green, an 18-hole golf course, children’s play area, a working harbour, numerous pubs, cafes and amusement arcades.

Using the B5302 you can cycle to Abbeytown, 5 miles from Silloth, where you will find Holme Cultram Abbey originally founded by Cistercian monks is 1150 but the victim of an arson attack in 2006. Renovation work on the abbey, which is the parish church, now means it has a tea room and is open to visitors.

Cycling back out of Abbeytown, towards Silloth, by taking the road to the left to Mawbray you will pass through the village of Holme St Cuthbert featuring the parish church constructed from local sandstone. Keep heading to Mawbray and you’ll pick up the route back to Allonby which is 9 miles from Abbeytown.

Going South?

Should you decide to head south from the cycle pick up point you can follow the cycle way which is of tarmac, gravel and then tarmac construction again. A mile and a half out of Allonby where the cycle way crosses the road (B5300) you will come across The Moody Cow, a farm shop offering fresh farm milk bottled daily, hot and cold drinks and snacks and a small convenience store.

Mile Fortlet 21 and the saltpan is another half a mile further on. Mile Fortlet 21 is one of the Roman milefortlets that were part of the coastal defences that extended beyond the western end of Hadrian’s Wall.

Continuing down the cycle way and back across the main road will bring you to Maryport Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course, and the Clubhouse, a restaurant serving lunches, evening meals, teas and coffees.

The town of Maryport, 5 miles from Allonby, will be found by cycling along the promenade just beyond the golf club. In Maryport there is the harbour, marina, the Lake District Coast Aquarium, Clip ‘n Climb, a Maritime Museum, Senhouse Roman Museum and a good number of pubs, independent shops, cafes and takeaways.

Staying Local?

If you are just enjoying a relaxing day in Allonby itself there is plenty to see and do. At the south end of the village you have the famous Twentymans Ice cream shop, and the Baywatch hotel with Jacks Surf Bar and Restaurant next door.

Further up the village you have the Codfather fish & chip shop, and the excellent Allonby Tea Room & Gift shop for a light bite. Alternatively the Ship Hotel is an excellent place for a swift pint!

And going without mention, the miles of beaches and coast to explore! Ideal for fishing, sand castles or paddling.