Maryport is a very run down place with an array of cheap and...
Maryport is a very run down place with an array of cheap and nasty shops. Not the place for a holiday, though the people are very friendly. I am amazed that the coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty. I was visiting Allonby, a few miles up the coast. I tapped in, 'Why is the sea at Allonby brown.?' online, to be told that it is dog faeces, sewage and marine waste. The beach has failed safe water for swimming tests. The beach is shingle and the sand coarse brown. It is man made, - see the online images. There were areas of rubbish and dog mess.
A redeeming feature was the friendly Allonby tea shop, where a pot of tea plus delicious courgette and lime sponge cake cost just £3.70, half as much as elsewhere. Also, the coast path is brilliant for running, walking, cycling etc..
I accept that I may be biased as I live in Cornwall with golden beaches and turquoise seas, but I was very pleased to come home.