Allonby Beach

Allonby Beach - Cumbria
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The 5-mile stretch of beach around Allonby Bay is made up of sand, shingle and pebbles along the high tide mark.  At low tide a vast expanse of sand is revealed.

From the beach there are attractive views across the Solway Estuary and towards the Lake District and Scottish Fells.  On clear days it is sometimes possible to see the Isle of Man in the distance. The waters of the bay are relatively shallow and the area is popular with anglers and water-sport enthusiasts as well as the usual day-trippers.

The area has some interesting flora and fauna including a species of Natterjack toad and rare honeycomb worm reef which might be found at the beach at low tide.

Just next to the beach, the small village of Allonby has an interesting history and retains some attractive features.  In the 18th century it was a fashionable bathing resort.  There are some interesting historical buildings to see, including the former Bathing House, where members of society came to take the waters. For walkers, the Cumbrian Coastal Way passes through the village.

There is evidence of the area having been occupied in Roman times and just to the south of the beach are the remains of Milefort 21, part of a Roman defence system.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Donkey rides
  • Wind surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



CA15 6PE

OS grid ref.

NY 0795 4267


Parking available next to the beach.

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Allonby Beach Reviews

Great beach

Denis Shields
Sep 21st 2021

I visit and paddle here often. Very nice beach with great views and super sunsets in the evening.

Allonby... Good expanse of beach

Bert MacKenzie
Jul 18th 2021

Great beach at medium to low tide, as there’s a large expanse of sand. My 3 border collies, and grand daughter love it ????


Oct 09th 2023

A stunning stretch of beach

Stunning beach at mawbray

May 21st 2022

Allonby beach is stunning but nearby mawbray beach and dunes are exceptional, so beautiful