Forts and Ports

Forts and Ports


Port Carlisle, Bowness-on-Solway in Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


  • From Port Carlisle follow the National Trail along the edge of the marsh into Bowness-on-Solway. Visit the Trail’s start/finish point, signed the Banks Promenade.
  • Turn left at the King’s Arms pub following the road south. Pass Bowness Hall and after a mile take the footpath left, for Brackenrigg.
  • After about a mile the path meets the main road beside the Methodist chapel. Cross the road and go through a gate onto a footpath that brings you back onto the Trail and into Port Carlisle.


  • Bird watching on Bowness Marsh
  • Estuary views into Scotland
  • Extensive panoramic views
  • Haafnetting, the traditional Solway fishing practice in Bowness and Port Carlisle
  • Port Carlisle’s Historic Canal Basin
  • RSPB Campfield Farm

Nearby attractions

  • Carlisle Castle (English Heritage)
  • Carlisle Cathedral
  • Drumburgh Moss NNR
  • Edward I Memorial
  • Glasson Moss NNR
  • Solway Coast Discovery Centre
  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Route image: 
Route type: 
3 1/2 miles
Estimated walk time: 
2 hours
Suggested start/finish: 
Hope and Anchor Inn, Port Carlisle (Grid Ref: NY 240 621)
Tourist information: 
Solway Coast Discovery Centre, Silloth Tel: 016973 31944
Public transport: 
Bus Service 93 (Carlisle to Bowness)
Ordnance Survey Map: 
OS Explorer Map (314) Solway Firth, Wigton and Silloth
Places to eat and drink: 
Hope and Anchor Inn in Port Carlisle; King’s Arms Inn and the Old Chapel tea room in Bowness
Other walks in this area: 
Solway Coastal Rambles (Bowness-on-Solway, Glasson, Drumburgh, Burgh by Sands, Beaumont). (Enquire at Tourist Information Centre)
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