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Things to do in Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria

Nestling on the shores of the Solway Firth is the charming Victorian planned town of Silloth-on-Solway. Silloth owes its name to the monks of Holme Cultram Abbey, a few miles to the south east, who cultivated the land, created a salt industry and encouraged the local people to farm the Solway Marshes. The name derives from the 'lathes' (or barns) which were used to store the grain and located close to the sea, i.e.: 'Sea Lathes'.

It was in the mid-19th century, that the Carlisle and Silloth Bay Railway initiated the development of Silloth as a town. An eminent physician declared 'the air to be cleaner and more health giving than anywhere else', and coupled with the large grand hotels that were built to accommodate visitors, Silloth became known as a Victorian seaside resort.

Today Silloth still offers an ideal base for a relaxing holiday. Noted for its invigorating but mild climate, its leisurely peaceful atmosphere, its award winning West Beach and perhaps most of all, its glorious sea views and dramatic sunsets, fine enough to be recorded for posterity by Turner, the famous landscape artist.

Golfers can enjoy the Championship Golf Course, and for those who enjoy the outdoors there is lovely country to walk or cycle through. The Sunset Leisure Centre is one of the best in the area and is packed with all the right ingredients to ensure a fantastic day out for all the family.

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