This route is part of the 174-mile Hadrian’s Cycleway. The total route is not for the faint-hearted, but takes you through some of England’s most dramatic and wild countryside where you can get away from it all and enjoy cycling in this unspoilt area.
This end section of Hadrian’s Cycleway takes you from Burgh-by-Sands to the Solway Coast, through 24 miles of beautiful saltmarsh and farmland, ending up at fantastic beaches that have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The loop is 24 miles and you start out along the Hadrian’s Wall Path that takes you through Drumburgh, Glasson and Anthorn. Once on the Cardurnock Peninsula, the route then takes you to Bowness-on-Solway, where you’ll find RSPB Campfield Marsh. Pay a visit to the Solway Wetlands Centre before exploring the nature reserve – a wetland paradise with 360-degree views of the Solway Plain. Have a picnic and look out for the hundreds of wetland birds that makes their home here in the lowland bogs and saltmarshes.
Burgh-By-Sands is a picturesque village with buildings made from ‘clay dabbin’, a building technique that used a wooden frame covered by clay and sometimes pebbles or cobbles, and often thatched. Pay a visit to St Michael’s Church, where the body of King Edward I once lay, before continuing back to your starting point.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.