Buckets and Spades in the Lake District
After spending the day on the Cumbrian Coast I just had to do a quick post on this often forgotten corner of the Lake District. Much as I love the fells and lakes sometimes (especially during half term and with a 4 year old to entertain), nothing quite does the trick like a trip to the seaside and building sandcastles. You can reach the coast of Cumbria in about 40 minutes from the M6 Junction 40 (Penrith) and then once you hit Maryport either hang a left down towards St Bees, Ravenglass and Muncaster or head right towards Allonby and Silloth – not forgetting Maryport itself.
Yesterday we headed up towards Allonby. Not much there if you’re looking for the bright lights and merry go rounds at your classic seaside resort, but a great beach, excellent takeaway fish and chips from the local pub and a shop selling those all important buckets and spades. What more could you need? Having equipped ourselves with the necessaries we parked about a mile south of the village just off the road in the dunes and headed down to the beach. A bright sunny day, although it has to be said a little on the cold side (but hey what do we expect in February!). On a clear day you can see across the Solway Firth to Dumfries and Galloway and even the Isle of Man (or so I’m told) but it was a little hazy yesterday. We still had a great couple of hours doing the usual on the beach until the tide raced in and removed the best sandcastle building terrain. Very dog friendly as well with miles of empty beach.
When we finally succumbed to the temperatures we headed south back down to Maryport. Having sampled the delights of the Lake District Coast Aquarium on many occasions we decided to try and find the Senhouse Roman Museum. Despite the efforts of the town planners to make it as difficult to find by road as possible (ignore the signs for “tourist attractions” and look out for the ones with the Roman Helmet on them!) we eventually found it. And it was well worth the effort. “Small but perfectly formed” with friendly staff very keen to keep a 4 year old interested on the tour. Excellent views from the Roman Watchtower and along the promenade over the Solway Firth as well, both out to see and down across to Maryport itself.
All in all a grand day out and one worth sharing! So next time you’re in the Lakes and fancy something a bit different – don’t forget the Cumbrian Coast!