Maryport circular walk

3 miles (5km)

2 hours

Station: Maryport

Terrain: roads and paths with short section of grass and optional steps

Refreshments: Senhouse Street and harbour area

Toilets: High Street and harbour

Cross the road from the station onto Station Street. At the main road turn right on Curzon Street and first left along Senhouse Street. (To avoid steps turn right at the top of the hill onto High Street and at Fleming Square left to rejoin the route above the harbour.) After High Street are interpretation panels on the left about the Maryport and Carlisle Railway and the town. On the left before the bridge is the Maritime Museum with links to the Ismay Line and the Titanic. (Cross the bridge from here to divert to the harbour area with the aquarium (tourist information), Wave Centre and climbing wall and marina.) Opposite the museum follow King Street. At Wallace Lane on your left turn right on Brow Street. Ahead are the 108 Back Brow steps. (Stop and admire the view on the way! There are also plenty of seats on the walk.) At the top turn left on a grass path and then right to see the Georgian buildings of Fleming Square. Return to the sea brows keeping the sea on your left along Solway Terrace to Senhouse Roman Museum with the best collection on Roman altars in Britain. This is the continuation of Hadrian’s Wall and part of the UNESCO Roman Empire World Heritage Site with explanatory panels. There is a signpost labelled Rome 1147, Ravenglass 29, Bowness on Solway 26, Wallsend 110. Continue on the path to the left of the museum and after a while there is a fork. Left goes directly down to the promenade and right gives an extra ½ mile walk, again joining the promenade where optionally you can turn right to Bank End Farm and along the England Coast Path to Allonby up the coast. Otherwise turn left on the promenade and admire the views across to Criffel in Scotland as you walk back towards the town. When the promenade is almost level with the harbour wall bear left (there is a coast path sign) onto Strand Street and the Maritime Museum ahead. Now return to the station.

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