Out & About

Bowness-on-Solway lies within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about twelve miles west of Carlisle. The area is fantastic for walkers and cyclists and is rich in birdlife and wildlife for nature enthusiasts.  The historic Hadrian's Wall is on our doorstep.

For a bespoke guided tour of the Solway, why not book a day or half day tour with Solway Connections - a locally based company with in depth knowledge of the area.

Things to do in our area.  Something for Everyone!

Go birdwatching at Campfield Marsh RSPB Bowness on Solway
The reserve is made up of a mosaic of saltmarsh, peatbogs, farmland and wet grassland providing homes for a great variety of native wildlife. Trails lead to a wheelchair accessible hide looking out over the main wet grassland area where lapwings, redshanks and snipe breed in the summer and thousands of swans, ducks and geese spend the winter. 

Longer trails over more difficult terrain cross the peatbog where bog plants and dragonflies abound. You can watch the spectacular wading bird roosts at high tide on the saltmarsh from the roadside laybys.

Why not treat yourself at The Retreat Spa, Kirkbride
A haven from the external world, where everyday stresses and pressures are left behind. From the moment you enter you will be enveloped in an air of tranquility and calm.
We aim to make each treatment experience a personal journey, luxurious and highly indulgent, that leaves you feeling calm, harmonised, transformed to relax, to lose stress, to rejuvenate.
All of us at The Retreat are committed to excellence and we take pride in our dedication to our treatments. We want to transport you to a place where tension and stress melt away, where time is forgotten and worries disappear.
www.theretreatsalon.co.uk 016973 52500

Hire a private swimming pool at Foxes, Kirkbride
Foxes Pool, Gordon House, Mossends, Kirkbride, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5LF. Tel: 016973 51363.
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.
Foxes Pool is a private hire swimming pool which is available for 1 hour slots, ideal for children's parties with 1 hour swim and use of the coffee room for party food etc. There are dedicated party hours each weekend.

Go Horseriding at Boustead Hill
We cater for all levels of riders from the complete beginner through to the more experienced, we cater for riders as young as four years old through to adults. We offer a wide range of activities to suit everyone We have 20 riding school Horses and Ponies available for all ages and abilities with friendly enthusiastic instructors. 



Take a pleasure flight over Hadrian’s Wall or The Lake District from Carlisle Airport
The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Alnwick Castle, all visible on one of our sightseeing flights from our home base at Carlisle Airport.
Choose from 9 scenic flights ranging from 20 minute trip over and around Carlisle, or one of our longer trips along Hadrian’s Wall, down the Cumbrian Coast, over the border to Langholm in the borders, or over the beautiful scenery of the Lake District. 
Treat yourself, or buy a Gift Voucher as part of a special celebration. Gift Vouchers are a great way to say thank you to someone or as a reward for an employee. There are many reasons to give a gift of a trip over this beautiful part of Scotland. With the flexible booking options available it is an event that they can plan and look forward to.
Book ahead, call us on the day, or if you are passing - come in and see us. You could be in the air within minutes. From £64 this is a trip that you, your friends and family, will remember for all the right reason.
Hangar 30 Carlisle Airport Carlisle Cumbria CA6 4NW 
tours@borderair.co.uk                         01228 573490

Go tandem on a gyroplane flight from Kirkbride
Try your hand at flying the fabulous MT03, if you can drive a car then you can fly one of these. I'll talk you through the controls and how they work before taking you up and after a brief demo you will be on the controls in the local area. 
Chris Jones Gyroplanes
Charlesville Wigton Cumbria

E-mail: chrisjonesgyro21@talktalk.net

Urban Adventure Bitts Park Carlisle
The site combines high ropes courses at 4m and 8m, a 75m zip wire, climbing wall, powerfan descender, team building area and an innovative kids adventure course for the littlest adventurers. The facility was built by the leading manufacturer of high rope and climbing courses in the world, Walltopia. We use a fully secure roller safety system and believe safety is priority number one at all times. All our staff are fully qualified and members of ERCA (European Ropes Course Association)

And further afield…….

Carlisle Castle
Tullie House Museum Carlisle
Maryport Aquarium
Clip and Climb Maryport
West Coast Indoor Karting Maryport
The Lakes Distillery Bassenthwaite
Gretna Gateway shopping centre

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