Solway Plain

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A view of the Solway Plain from Longlands Fell.

The Solway Plain or Solway Basin is a low-lying coastal plain in the northwest of Cumbria, England. It is an area generally lying north and west of Carlisle along the Solway Firth and drained by the rivers Esk and Lyne. This geographic unit is associated with the westernmost part of Hadrian's Wall.[1] In medieval times clay houses known as dabbins were commonly built on the Solway Plain.[2] The Solway Coast is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]

The area has a recognised archaeological heritage. Sites mentioned in Hodgson and Brennand[4] include a possible domestic settlement at Plasketlands, urned cremation cemeteries at Ewanrigg, and a potential pre-Roman phase of occupation at several sites, including Ewanrigg, Wolsty Hall and Boustead Hill. The Moss at Salta has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1954. It has unusual flora for a mire on the Solway Plain, and was also the site where a Bronze Age rapier was discovered.[5]

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