Explore Hadrian's Coastal Frontier on a fantastic long distance walk from St Bees to Bowness on Solway. As you enjoy spectacular views over the Irish Sea and the Solway Firth you'll be walking in the footsteps of Roman legions and will discover some of the hidden gems of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site including the tallest surviving Roman structure in northern Britain and the largest collection of Roman military altar stones ever recovered from one site.
This quiet route is also fantastic for wildlife; sea birds and porpoise along the coast, birds of prey and raven soaring overhead, and nature reserves in the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that are home to lots of species including the rare and protected natterjack toad. There are lots of places to stop and refuel from cafes serving tea and home made cakes, cosy pubs and independent restaurants serving locally caught fish and Cumbrian produce, and beach front ice cream shops.
The England Coast Path
The England Coast Path will be a new National Trail all around England's coast. It's opening in sections and will be complete in 2020. When it is complete it will be be one of the longest coastal walking routes in the world. At the time of writing a section between Whitehaven and Allonby is open and easy to follow on the ground. A section between Ravenglass and St. Bees is expected to open in late 2016 / early 2017 and Allonby north to Bowness on Solway in 2017/18. Once these sections are open it will be possible to walk the full length of Hadrian's Coastal Frontier from Ravenglass to Bowness on Solway.
The Hadrian's Coastal Frontier walk follows England's Coast Path between Whitehaven and Allonby and a network of paths, roads, and bridleways where the path hasn't yet opened. More detailed route information for the stretch between Maryport and Bowness on Solway is available in the book Walking Hadrian's Wall Path by Mark Richards (Cicerone) which this route is based on. We recommend you use this book and plot the route on Ordnance Survey maps before setting off.