Welcome to The Solway Plain
The Solway Plain covers an area of 40 square miles in one of the loveliest and most unspoilt parts of England. The area, located between the sea and the Lake District fells, and somewhat misleadingly known as the Solway Plain, is anything but flat. Among the hills and hollows of the lovely undulating landscape are scattered hamlets and villages, each with their own character. The Solway Firth coast forms the northern border of the Team and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The A596 Carlisle-Wigton-Aspatria road roughly defines the southern border.
Apart from Silloth, which is a seaside town, the other parishes are in a rural setting with scattered populations. All of these parishes are predominantly agricultural – mostly milk production – although now few people are employed on the family farms. The price of milk means that many farms run at a loss, and most cannot diversify. The amalgamation of smaller farms into larger units has created vacant properties, and allowed retired people from outside the area to move into these properties. The major employers are located in the market towns of Wigton, Aspatria and Maryport, and in the larger towns of Workington and Carlisle. Silloth is also a port whose imports include cereals for the flour mill located in the dock area which employs staff throughout the Team area.
The Solway Plain Team is part of the Church of England in Cumbria. The Diocese of Carlisle has signed a 'Declaration of Intent' to work with the Cumbria Methodist District and the United Reformed Church in Cumbria.
As part of the 'Growing Together' of the denominations, the Solway Plain is working closely through Churches Together to forward the ministry and mission of the church in this area.