The final stage takes you from the urban surroundings of Carlisle through Bitts Park to the south bank of the River Eden.
You’ll follow the river to the tiny hamlet of Beaumont, where you leave it to make its way north to the Solway Firth, whilst the path continues west to Burgh by Sands.
Burgh by Sands was once the site of a Roman fort, Aballava. It is also the death-place of Edward I of England in 1307.
The king, whilst on his way to war against the Scots, died on the marshes near Burgh, and his corpse lay at the village’s 12th-century church until its eventual removal to Westminster Abbey. There is an impressive monument on the marshes erected in 1685 to mark the place where he died. It is signposted and is just over a mile north of the village.
The path progresses west, (with some fantastic views north into Scotland and south to the Lake District hills), following a disused railway line to the hamlet of Drumburgh. In the 14th century a pele or tower house known as Drumburgh Castle was built here by Thomas, Lord Dacre, whose coat of arms are placed over an entrance at second floor level. After a long period of neglect, it was fully restored as a private dwelling in the 1970s. It has extremely thick walls built with stones taken from Hadrian’s Wall.