There a few things that can be said about the beautiful Solway Coast with its lonely secluded beaches, hamlet towns and precious salt marsh habitats.
So it was something of a surprise to read that the Solway Coast received one of the highest honours possible – former Childrens presenter – Timmy Mallett visited it and declared: “The Solway coast is beautiful – fantastic.“
The former Wacka-day presenter cycled through it this week with Lorraine Kelly’s husband – Steve; completing the 160 mile coast to coast cycle route, along Hadrian’s Wall.
The route begins in Whitehaven on the coast and heads through Silloth and then Port Carlisle, near to Burgh Marsh – famous Solway Spaceman photo location.
“When you say Cumbria people automatically think of the Lake District and not the rest of it. I’ve been all over the world and seen great coastlines, but the Solway coast has to be one of the finest coastlines anywhere in the world. It’s just brilliant – and brilliant for cycling.”
He then dropped in at Carlisle’s Tullie House museum, had lunch at Carlisle Airport, before travelling on to the Roman fort at Birdoswald and stopping at the Gilsland Spa Hotel – before reaching Tynemouth on the east coast on Thursday.
Mallett’s parents retired in the town of Penrith and he stayed with some pals in the town before heading to Whitehaven.
“The first night we stayed at the Hope and Anchor pub in Port Carlisle. It was great. We enjoyed some super food, great company and nice beer,” Timmy added.
“I’ll be back like a shot. Any opportunity I get and I’ll be back,” he added about the cycle ride.
Timmy documented his journey on his Twitter feed with pictures – @TimmyMallett.