Maritime Maryport: A walk along the Coast.
  • Start: Maryport Station
  • Distance: Approximately 2 miles. Allow 1-2 hours.
  • Grade: Fairly level and on good surfaces, you should keep your feet dry even in wet weather! Some steps.
  • Places to visit: Maryport Maritime Museum, Maryport Aquaria, Steamships, Senhouse Roman Museum. Telephone Maryport Tourist Information Centre 01900 813738.

Leave the railway station and go straight across into Station Street.
Turn right at the Waverley Hotel into Curzon Street.
Cross the pelican crossing and go up into Senhouse Street which you follow over the hill to the Harbour. It is well worth spending some time around Maryport?s historic harbour and visiting, the Maritime Museum and Tourist Information Centre, the Aquaria, the Steamships and the Marina. To continue your walk turn right before the bridge and walk straight past the church along to the Promenade. Follow the promenade along the coastline with superb views over the Solway Firth and birdlife in large numbers. At the end of the Promenade you reach Bank End Farm (once home of Joseph Peile - to find out who he was visit the Maritime Museum!) Turn right just past the farm before the Golf Club, along a wide lane known locally as ?Fat Lonning?. At the end of this lane, you step briefly onto the main A596, but turn to your right almost immediately through a gate leading up a narrow lane with steps. This is correctly known as Pigeonwell Lonning, but locally as ?Thin Lonning? as it is not as wide as the previous one! At the top of this narrow, straight lane turn and look back over the school fields, towards Dearham. This is the site of the Roman road from Maryport eastwards towards Papcastle. Continue past Hines Mansions, once home to Maryport?s shipowning brothers. Turn right into the lane through the playing field. To your right is Alauna, the site of Maryport?s Roman fort. The Roman occupation and defences continued from Hadrian?s Wall down the Cumbrian Coast to Ravenglass and this is all part of the Hadrian?s Wall World Heritage Site. The building with the distinctive roof is the Senhouse Roman Museum, worth a visit to find out more about the Romans in West Cumbria and see the marvellous collection of Roman altars. Turn left and walk along the street named ?Promenade? (slightly confusing as the actual promenade is down the grassy bank below). Turn left into Fleming Place, down Fleming Square, left at the bottom and right into Church Street then follow the road turning left to reach the traffic lights on the Junction of the A594/596, noting St. Mary?s Church on the left. Cross the road and follow the signs to Cockermouth, then take the third turning on the right into Mealpot Road and back to the railway station.