Starting in Allonby, this dedicated cycleway to Maryport is a brilliant short bike ride for the family, 5 miles there and 5 miles back through some stunning scenery. The route is flat all the way and traffic-free apart from crossing the road twice each way. On a clear day, looking out to the Galloway Hills in Scotland, you will see the Solway Coast‘s diverse landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The path takes you past salt marshes and beaches with long shaggy sea-washed grass. Between spring and summer, you will be struck by the blues, reds, yellows, pinks and purples of wildflowers. Next, you will pass through Maryport Golf club; watch out for low-flying balls. The approach to Maryport is along the promenade towards the octagonal Victorian Lighthouse on the horizon. The Senhouse Roman Museum and the Roman Fort Alavana are accessible via the promenade; if you have time and a bike lock, go back in time and experience some Roman History. You will also note all the benches along the prom; each has a plaque commemorating a Roman emperor.
When you reach Maryport, you can ride through the modern redeveloped marina. Imagine how different this once-bustling harbour would have been in the days when it was used to export coal. The old port is a wonderful place to park up and wander before turning back to Allonby. Ride back the way you have come and enjoy the scenery from another angle. A good selection of Ice cream is available at Twentymans ice-cream parlour in Allonby.