A GUIDE TO THE PICTURESQUE VILLAGE ON THE SOLWAY COAST
Allonby has much to offer visitors to the area and is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful Cumbrian coast as well as the English Lake District.
The wide open beach offers the opportunity for activities such as kite and wind surfing or more leisurely activities such as fishing or strolling along the beach and dunes.
There is a camp site at Spring Lea Lesisure Centre with excellent facilities and there are numerous caravan parks and holiday cottages available to let. Places to eat include the dog friendly Ship Inn, or treat yourself to the ever popular Twentyman's ice cream (be prepared to queue on sunny days).
Allonby owes much of its development to the Quakers and the village is noted for its interesting and historic buildings - The Baths built in 1835 in the cobbled Square (now a private residence), the North Lodge also built in the 1830s, the grand Reading Rooms, opened in 1862 (currently being re-developed), the Fish Yards (and laterly a riding school), The Quaker Meeting House, and the 17th century coaching inn, now the Ship Hotel, where Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins stayed in 1857.
Grundy's North: Allonby. John Grundy revisits his childhood in the Solway seaside resort of Allonby, Cumbria.