Cycle Roman Frontiers, England
Above image shows Solway farming landscape
Today’s weather was in stark contrast to that prevailing yesterday. We enjoyed perfect conditions comprising zero wind, 60F temperatures and blue skies all of which contributed to a very satisfying and productive trip.
After departing our lodgings in Silloth, Cumbria we first undertook a short tour of the town with its superb views facing the Scottish mountains on opposite side of the Solway Firth.
Next we embarked on an inland route south passing through rich and productive farming country. Here we encountered a farming landscape populated with green fields, sheep and cattle. In particular we had encounters with:
- A ‘saddle back’ sheep.
- Wind farms.
- Guernsey heifer cattle.
- Jacob sheep.
- A skein of geese.
- Flock of seagulls.
- A patch of mushrooms.
- A peacock (in a children’s farm).
Mushrooms on side of road
Eventually, we connected with the B 5390 coastal route which took us south to our next step at the quaint village of Allonby where we stopped for refreshment in a tea room populated with interesting locals and their canine pets. The unique architecture at Allonby provided some photo opps.
Allonby Tea Room
Next, we continued south stopping to view first a 17th century saltpan and then the nearby Roman Milefortlet 121.
Artist’s illustration of Milefortlet 21
Site of Milefortlet 21
Further south we arrived at our destination of Maryport where we visited the Senhouse Roman Museum which is full of altars and other objects from the adjacent Roman Fort which itself is subject to ongoing archaeological investigation.
Artist’s illustration of Maryport Roman Fort
Roman altars at Senhouse Museum
In the evening, we were fortunate to witness one of the sunsets for which this area is famous.