infobox UK place
country = England
population = 3,305
region= North West England
postcode_district = CA7
Silloth (sometimes known as Silloth-on-Solway) is a port town in
Cumbria, in the historic county of Cumberland. It sits on the shoreline of the Solway Firth, 22 miles (36 km) west of Carlisle. The town is a small holiday resort, developed in the 1860s around the terminus of a railway from Carlisle which had begun construction in 1855. For the first time, workers from the factories of Carlisle were presented with affordable access to seaside and the town flourished as a destination for day trippers. After its heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Silloth slipped into unfashionable disrepair, however recent years have seen a great deal of development with many of the sea facing properties having received long overdue facelifts. The main central attraction is a large expansive green that is utilised throughout the year to host various events and activities. Amenities including a championship golf course ranked amongst the countries top fifty courses,Fact|date=September 2008 several hotels and bed and breakfasts, public houses, tea rooms and eateries.Silloth's largest churchis Christ Church, which is situated on Criffel Street and was completed in 1870. [ [http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/chw17.htm Silloth - Christ Church ] ] . several other churches and chapels of various denominations are also located within the town or its outskirts.
Silloth has a small
portrun by Associated British Portsthat handles dry bulks, bagged agribulks, timber, and liquid bulks. [ [http://www.abports.co.uk/custinfo/ports/silloth/commodities.htm Associated British Ports ] ] Silloth is also the location of the Carr'sflour mill which supplies flour to likes of United Biscuits[ [http://www.cumberland-news.co.uk/business/viewarticle.aspx?id=497770 The Cumberland News ] ] , Warburtons bread and several other leading bakeries and confectioners.Farming of livestock, mainly sheep, beef and dairy cattle, takes up most of the surrounding landscape, closely followed by the massive upsurge in static and touring caravan parks. Many small businesses can also be found located on, what was once, the old Second World War airfield and associated buildings.
Tourism is a major economic player in Silloth, with dozens of large and small static and touring caravan parks located within a ten mile radius of the town centre. This is responsible for the tremendous growth in the population on most days throughout the summer months. Although a couple of these parks are somewhat self contained they still rely heavily on the town for support and infrastructure such as post office, doctors surgery, chemist, newsagents, mini supermarkets, hardware, spares and consumables, cafes, chip shops,sandwich bars and pubs.Silloth also plays host to several small annual events held on the town green. These include a beer festival held in September, its steam rally, kite and food festivals. By far the town's largest annual event is
Solfest. The Solway Music Festival (Solfest) is Cumbria's biggest four day live music festival with a maximum attendance in 2008.Fact|date=September 2008 Situated just outside the town, Solfest has been running since 2004 and now regularly attracts crowds of over 10,000 every August Bank Holiday Weekend, with its eclectic mix of music, site art and cabaret performers and the friendly atmosphere which resulted in it rocketing the town firmly back into national awareness by winning the "Best Family Friendly Festival" award in the 2007 UK Festival Awards (the only Cumbrian festival ever to win an award).Fact|date=September 2008 Solfest has also been credited by Cumbria Tourist Board for introducing a younger generation of tourists to Silloth and in doing so has greatly boosted the future of tourism in the town.Silloth also prides itself in its coastline along the Solway Firth which has been described in one of the country's leading sea fishing publicationsWho|date=September 2008 as having the best flatfish fishing coastline in the country, with over 20 miles of beach and promenade to choose from. Bait and equipment are also available locally. Wind and kite surfing are also popular along the coast at Allonby, eight miles from Silloth town centre.
The railway came to Silloth in 1856, passing through the villages of Kirkbride and
Abbeytownto Carlisle railway station. The railway provided quick access to the town for tourists, but was closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1964. [ [http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/hstchg/railway3.htm Carlisle & Silloth Railway ] ]
Silloth is on the B5302 road, which leads to the A596 and the town of
Wigton, 12 miles (19 km) away. The B5300 connects the town to Maryport, 13 miles (21 km) away.
* [http://www.silloth-on-solway.co.uk/ Official page]
* [http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/silloth.htm Silloth at Visitcumbria]
* [http://www.abports.co.uk/custinfo/ports/silloth.htm Associated British Ports pages on Silloth port]
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