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The Solway Firth (see



http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sfp/map.htm for map


) is a body of water that borders the most north westerly county of England (Cumbria) and the most south westerly county of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway). It stretches from St.Bees Head just south of Whitehaven in Cumbria to the Mull of Galloway on the western end of Dumfries and Galloway. To the west of the Firth is the Irish Sea.



The coastline is characterised by lowland hills and small mountains and is widely regarded as some of the most scenic lowland coastline in the British Isles. It is a mainly rural area with fishing and hill farming (as well as some arable farming) still playing a large part in the local economy, although tourism is increasing. However, it has also been used for the location of films such as The Wicker Man (starring Edward Woodward) which was filmed around Kirkcudbright (pron. Kur-coo-bree).



The water itself is generally benign with no notable hazards excepting some large areas of salt and mud flats which often contain dangerous patches of quicksand that move on a regular basis. It is recommended that visitors do not attempt to navigate them without expert guidance. Also, MoD had fired more than 6350 DU (depleted uranium) rounds into the Solway Firth from its testing range at Dundrennan by 1999. (see



http://www.sundayherald.com/40306
)



There are over 75,000 hectares of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) in the area.

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The Solway Firth (see http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sfp/map.htm for map ) is a body of water that borders the most north westerly county of England (Cumbria) and the most south westerly county of Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway). It stretches from St.Bees Head just south of Whitehaven in Cumbria to the Mull of Galloway on the western end of Dumfries and Galloway. To the west of the Firth is the Irish Sea.

The coastline is characterised by lowland hills and small mountains and is widely regarded as some of the most scenic lowland coastline in the British Isles. It is a mainly rural area with fishing and hill farming (as well as some arable farming) still playing a large part in the local economy, although tourism is increasing. However, it has also been used for the location of films such as The Wicker Man (starring Edward Woodward) which was filmed around Kirkcudbright (pron. Kur-coo-bree).

The water itself is generally benign with no notable hazards excepting some large areas of salt and mud flats which often contain dangerous patches of quicksand that move on a regular basis. It is recommended that visitors do not attempt to navigate them without expert guidance. Also, MoD had fired more than 6350 DU (depleted uranium) rounds into the Solway Firth from its testing range at Dundrennan by 1999. (see http://www.sundayherald.com/40306)

There are over 75,000 hectares of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's) in the area.

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While there is some lovely scenery and good coastal views along the tidal Solway Firth, there's, sadly, no wall to be seen. There is, however, the satisfaction of standing under that final guide post, knowing we've walked in the footsteps of the ancient Roman auxiliaries who lived and worked in the shadow of ...
The following morning I was high above the waters of the Solway Firth for a stomach-churning introduction to RAF flying.” The next stage of Harry's training was in Canada. “After my first home leave I was on my way on a packed and grim ship over a grey, stormy and German U-boat-haunted North Atlantic.

A quality country house of elegance and comfort offering stunning views over the Solway Firth and beyond to the Lake District coastline is now for sale. The Torrs, in Portling, Dalbeattie, is presented to the market by Galbraith. The Torrs is the former residence of Sir Thomas McAlpine, the house was ...
A series of walks looking a creatures living along the Solway Coast will begins next week. Ann Lingard's low-tide walks will explore the Solway's newest marine conservation zone at Allonby Bay. The first event takes place on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 8am. Further events will take place on June 17, ...
Among the 51 designated sites in Scotland, are the Firth of Forth, the Firth of Tay, the Dornoch Firth, the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands, Loch Lomond, Loch Maree and Rannoch Moor. One site in the upper Solway Firth is shared with England. Under the convention, Westminster and Holyrood are ...
One of the largest private-sector employers in the south of Scotland has announced plans to close a seafood factory with the loss of 450 jobs because of “exceptionally challenging” market forces. Young's Seafood, Britain's biggest seafood producer, said production at the Pinneys site in Annan, which ...

This edges northwards today bringing damp, grey conditions, reaching the Solway Firth this afternoon. To the south of this, there will be brighter spells and a scattering of showers, some heavy, even thundery. It won't be as mild as this until at least the middle of next week. Rest of March looks on the cool ...
If he'd got stuck and the tide started to run that then becomes a massive factor. “He is a very lucky boy.” Coastguard Stewart Bryden is warning people to be aware of quicksand. (Image: Drew Geddes). Mr Bryden added: “There's a lot of shifting quicksand within the Solway Firth and it can be very dangerous.
Her cottage is at the entrance to the village and overlooks the Solway Firth to Scotland. It has two reception rooms, kitchen, pantry and utility downstairs with three bedrooms - one used by Susan as a living room - study and bathroom on the first floor. Outside is a raised forecourt and parking place. "I guess ...
From Roy Barrett heading up Lenny Lungo's squadron of horses overlooking the Solway Firth that opening year in 2005 to Terry Doherty celebrating a quarter of a century of dedicated stud life beneath Watership Down last spring, the same theme comes through. What lifts them are the needs of their ...
A 12-year-old boy has been rescued after becoming stuck for more than an hour up to his waist in mud on the Solway coast. Emergency services responded to calls reporting the incident at around 4pm on Thursday 15 February. Nearly 40 coastguards, firefighters, police, ambulance personnel and lifeboat ...
It marches along the watershed of the Cheviot hills and the valley of the Tweed, a diagonal that strikes north-east from the Solway Firth until it reaches the North Sea just above Berwick: a political boundary that looks as though nature intended it, for most of the way. Only at its western end is the geography ...
It's the Debatable Land, the lost world between Scotland and England, a tract running northeast from Solway Firth and a buffer between the two historical foes. Author Graham Robb tells us that “within those 50 square miles, by parliamentary decrees issued in 1537 and 1551, 'all Englishmen and ...
'While much more costly because of the geological and environmental challenges, it would also reinvigorate the area around Stranraer and potentially the whole Ayrshire coast from Troon to Stranraer and the whole north coastline of the Solway Firth for people coming from the North of England. 'I would ...
Levels in these areas are not currently expected to be as high as those in the Solway Firth but much depends on the exact track of Storm Eleanor. Vince Crane, of the AA, advised drivers to take extra care in the worsening conditions. He said: "Torrential rain and gale-force winds are a recipe for driving ...
One flood alert and seven flood warnings have been issued for Dumfries and Galloway and along the Solway Firth coast. Coastal flooding was predicted at around 10pm due to a combination of tidal levels and large waves. Flood warnings have been issued for East Luce Bay, Kirkcudbright Bay, Rough ...
The Solway Plain, leading north to the vast tideway of the Solway Firth that separates England and Scotland, is a most extraordinary landscape. Squelching with juicy peat and water, teeming with wildlife, dotted with remote farmsteads and rimmed with giant salt marshes, sands and mudflats, it is as lonely ...

AFTER spending the winter on the internationally important wetlands of the Solway Firth, hundreds of magnificent whooper swans have departed on their perilous flight back to Iceland. All year round this astonishing landscape, only just above sea level, provides a refuge for birds of many species. These include ospreys ...
The historic B-listed building overlooking the village is on the market for offers around £60,000. It is billed as being of Gothic design with views over the Solway Firth and Galloway Hills. The early 19th century church is still used for monthly services and funerals. But attendances have fallen over the years ...
Do Not Disturb – Scotland On Sunday For talented chefs in London it seems moving north to set up their own new venture is the plat du jour. Jake and Cassie White were head chef and pastry chef at Marcus at The Berkeley before setting up shop at Pentonbridge Inn. Situated in the small hamlet of Penton, ...
If he'd got stuck and the tide started to run that then becomes a massive factor. “He is a very lucky boy.” Coastguard Stewart Bryden is warning people to be aware of quicksand. (Image: Drew Geddes). Mr Bryden added: “There's a lot of shifting quicksand within the Solway Firth and it can be very dangerous.
From Roy Barrett heading up Lenny Lungo's squadron of horses overlooking the Solway Firth that opening year in 2005 to Terry Doherty celebrating a quarter of a century of dedicated stud life beneath Watership Down last spring, the same theme comes through. What lifts them are the needs of their ...
... the Conqueror, made Cumbria an English colony in 1092. It marches along the watershed of the Cheviot hills and the valley of the Tweed, a diagonal that strikes north-east from the Solway Firth until it reaches the North Sea just above Berwick: a political boundary that looks as though nature intended it, ...
It's the Debatable Land, the lost world between Scotland and England, a tract running northeast from Solway Firth and a buffer between the two historical foes. Author Graham Robb tells us that “within those 50 square miles, by parliamentary decrees issued in 1537 and 1551, 'all Englishmen and ...
'While much more costly because of the geological and environmental challenges, it would also reinvigorate the area around Stranraer and potentially the whole Ayrshire coast from Troon to Stranraer and the whole north coastline of the Solway Firth for people coming from the North of England. 'I would ...
The raffle was similarly successful, as over 7000 GEL of tickets were sold, with the victors picking up, among other prizes, a flight in a Piper Archer III over the lakes of northwest England, and the Solway Firth which separates Scotland from England. The partying ran well into the wee hours as promised on ...
What manner of book is this? Its subject is a small, hilly, soggy and windswept portion of the western Scottish-English borderland, just by the Solway Firth, which was historically neither English nor Scottish, but something in between. Robb, a writer much lauded for his excellent books, particularly on French ...
The house is almost surrounded by a river – the Liddel – that once marked the southern boundary of the Debatable Land, 50 square miles of desolate moor running east from Solway Firth. “It is possible to spend a long day walking across it without seeing another human being, even in the distance.
Only days after taking the waters and being plunged into the freezing waters of the Solway Firth, he died at his home in Dumfries on July 21, 1796. Burns was given a full military funeral through the streets of Dumfries and a gun salute over his grave, leaving as his legacy a volume of work that would make ...
The borderland between Scotland and England keeps itself to itself. There is every reason to skirt it. Bypassed by coastal arterial roads and railwayless, inland at least, since 1969, it remains a place apart, desolate and ambiguous, with rainfall as high as its population is sparse. The acclaimed literary ...
And what is now ranked, even in ruined form, as the world's largest Roman artifact, ran (in some sections still runs) for 73 miles across the neck of northern England, in some parts just below what is now the Scottish border, from the Solway Firth to the banks of the Tyne. It was heavily fortified with garrisons ...
Tim has been working as a manager at Robin Rigg wind farm in the Solway Firth while Bethan, a primary school teacher, worked in local schools. Ellerkeld and its neighbouring house were built in 1888 for two sisters. It is full of period charm with three reception rooms, sun room, kitchen and cellar with six ...
Some of it ended up in unauthorised dumping sites to the north or south of Beaufort's Dyke, and some was even dumped in the shallow waters of the Solway Firth. During the 1990s, British Gas dug a narrow trench 60 cm wide across the North Channel in order to build a gas pipeline connecting Scotland ...
“While much more costly because of the geological and environmental challenges, it would also reinvigorate the area around Stranraer and potentially the whole Ayrshire coast from Troon to Stranraer and the whole north coastline of the Solway Firth for people coming from the North of England. “I would ...
The recently expired regulations restricted the fishing of salmon and sea trout either by net fisheries on the Solway Firth or anglers on the Border Esk and Eden. Netsmen were permitted to kill 10 salmon and an unlimited number of sea trout per season. Anglers could kill two salmon per day and two sea ...
Hadrian's Wall was, famously, the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Built from AD122 onwards and designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, it runs from near Newcastle upon Tyne for 73 miles west to the Solway Firth, north of Carlisle. It is one of the best-known Roman structures in the ...
The Environment Agency is to consult on its plans to protect salmon and sea trout numbers on the Solway Firth and in the Rivers Border Esk and Eden. Stocks of salmon continue to decline and are now of considerable concern to those who value them in our estuaries and rivers. Sea trout are also far less ...
Ecotricity believes its proposed 330MW so-called offshore lagoon in the Solway Firth would cost £92 per megawatt-hour for 25 years. Vince claimed Ecotricity's £550m project would require a CfD 75% less expensive than Swansea Bay. A spokesman for Tidal Lagoon Power responded: "Swansea Bay tidal ...
We look out to the Solway Firth and the beautiful sunsets, and across to Scotland." Alba House is a three-storey home with three reception rooms, a dining room, conservatory, laundry area and shower room and six bedrooms, one currently used as an office. A dressing room is used as a second office.
Towns such as Drummore, Stranraer, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright, and routes along the edge of the Solway Firth, were affected by high waters. Other notable incidents in the area included a sizeable tree coming down in an Annan street, completely blocking the road, as well as flooding in the town's ...
Towns such as Drummore, Stranraer, Newton Stewart and Kirkcudbright, and routes along the edge of the Solway Firth, were affected by high waters. Other notable incidents in the area included a sizeable tree coming down in an Annan street, completely blocking the road, as well as flooding in the town's ...
In 2006, E.ON engaged MTH to design, construct and install 62 foundations for the offshore wind farms at Robin Rigg, in the Solway Firth. The foundations were designed and constructed as monopiles, with a transition piece that sat over the top of the monopile. The transition piece linked the monopile with ...
Sepa said communities around the Solway Firth, between the Isle of Whithorn and Kirkcudbright, are likely to be the worst affected. A yellow wind warning has also been issued by the Met Office for south-west Scotland and Strathclyde. Gales with gusts of up to 70mph are likely while some western coastal areas could see ...
Nearly 100 people brave the cold temperatures of the Solway Firth to take part in the 19th annual New Year's Eve dip in Whitehaven. Many were dresses in costumes as they ran in and then quickly out of the sea within the harbour walls. Money was being raised for various local charities with £250k being ...
Nearly 100 people brave the cold temperatures of the Solway Firth to take part in the 19th annual New Year's Eve dip in Whitehaven. Many were dresses in costumes as they ran in and then quickly out of the sea within the harbour walls. Money was being raised for various local charities with £250k being ...
Our CN Group photographer Mike McKenzie has been out on the Lake District fells capturing these wintery scenes. The images, taken during a walk over snow-topped Blake Fell and Carling Knott, capture some of the western fells, with the Solway Firth in the distance. Forecasters are predicting more ...
Patchy frost and some dense fog potentially around the Solway Firth. Lows -1°C. MONDAY: Staying mostly dry with the best of the brighter spells East Borders.Feeling cold where stubborn fog does not lift. Highs 6-8°C. OUTLOOK: Far milder compared to last week. West rather cloudy with some rain at times.
The Isle of Whithorn is a bit off the beaten track for many cruisers unless you are exploring the Solway Firth. Located on the southern coast of Scotland it may be too much of a deviation for those heading north or south through the North Channel and looking for an overnight anchorage but do not dismiss this ...
A recent U.K. Supreme Court ruling regarding two offshore wind farms at Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth, changed the legal landscape surrounding offshore wind farm design and construction. Ken Kirby, partner and metallurgist at Brookes Bell Group, and Grant Greatrex, managing partner at ELAN Forensic ...
The enormous 73-mile-long wall was built between AD 122 and 128, and when completed, the mammoth structure ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. A pair of turrets and a small fort were located every mile along the way. Only a tenth of the wall now ...


 

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