Roman Maryport and the Smugglers’ Route

Roman Maryport and the Smugglers’ Route


Maritime Maryport on the edge of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


  • From the Maritime Museum, cross the road and head down King Street.
  • Turn right at the junction. Walk up the 109 steps, turn left at the top and walk up the grass path.
  • Turn left to the sea brows and walk north away from the harbour, to reach Senhouse Roman Museum.
  • Follow the hard surface path as it meanders down the sea brows. Eventually this easy-going cliff path forks. To the left, you can take a short cut back to Maryport along the promenade. If you bear right you will continue on your way over the second of three hills leading towards Bank End.
  • Now turn back and begin your stroll along the long, dog-legged promenade to Maryport. Turn left off the promenade opposite the play area and continue along the road past the Maryport Millennium Green. Follow King Street until you arrive back at the harbour.


  •  Bank End (former smugglers’ cave and secret passage)
  •  Harbour
  • Historic 18th century planned town and port
  • Maritime Museum
  • Promenade walks
  • Senhouse Roman Museum
  • The Wave Museum
  • Views across the Solway Firth

Nearby Attractions

  • Crosscanonby Milefortlet 21
  • Lake District Coast Aquarium
  • Lake District National Park
  • Lakeland Heavy Horse Centre
  • Ravenglass/Eskdale Railway
  • Solway Coast Discovery Centre (Silloth)
  • The Beacon (Whitehaven)
  • The Rum Story (Whitehaven)
  • The Wave Museum
  • Wigton
  • Wood Hall Gardens


Route image: 
Route type: 
3 miles
Estimated walk time: 
11/2 hours plus browsing
Easy (the path is surfaced & some hill walking)
Suggested start/finish: 
The walk begins at the Maritime Museum, near the harbour (Grid Ref: NY 034 365)
Tourist information: 
Maryport Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 01900 812101 or Solway Coast Visitor Centre Tel: 016973 31944
Public transport: 
Journey planner enquiry line Tel: 01228 606000 Stagecoach Cumberland Tel: 01946 63222. Maryport railway station is a stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line.
Ordnance Survey Map: 
Explorer (OL) 4 Keswick, Cockermouth and Wigton
Places to eat and drink: 
Various places to eat and drink in Maryport
Other walks in this area: 
Maryport Town Trails; Smugglers’ Route; Start/finish of coast-to-coast long distance path at St Bees. (Enquire at Tourist Information Centre)
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