Skinburness Beach

Skinburness Beach - Cumbria
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Skinburness is a small village on the north Cumbrian coast.  It has views over the Solway Firth towards Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.

A short distance north of the village, Grune Point is a raised shingle and sand beach approximately one mile in length.  The west side of the beach faces the Solway Firth.  Beyond the point, the eastern end of the beach has a saltmarsh which is teeming with wildlife.  This is an excellent destination for birdwatching.
In the 15th century the beach was used by smugglers bringing Scottish whisky and other contraband to England.

Visitors to the area should be aware of the tides and should check tidal tables before venturing onto the sands.  In addition some of the roads here may be submerged at high tides.

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Dogs allowed

No Dog restrictions.

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OS grid ref.

NY 1173 5525

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