Wedged on the B5300 coastal road in between Silloth in the north and Maryport in the south is the attractive seaside village of Allonby. The unspoilt Cumbrian coastline has miles of sand and shingle beaches to discover, no matter what outdoor pursuits you partake in, which makes renting cottages in Allonby extremely appealing. The curve-shaped Allonby Bay is a particular favourite spot with windsurfers and kite surfers, as well as anglers. Due to the sheer size of the award-winning beaches, it'll almost feel like you're on your own private beach and there are not many places in England that offer such privacy while out enjoying the great outdoors.
Peer out across the Solway Estuary and do a spot of bird watching before checking out the interesting buildings waiting around every corner of Allonby's cobbled streets, like the Christ Church. The village was regarded as a popular sea-bathing resort in the early 19th century and the original baths still remain, although nowadays it's a privately-owned property.
Anyone with a sweet tooth should take the time to try the locally-made Twentyman ice cream and the village store usually has a dozen flavours on the menu. The Cumbrian Coastal Way, which is a 190-mile walk on coastal paths and country lanes, also passes through Allonby.