Photograph of Boustead Hill



Boustead Hill is a small hamlet, on the Solway Firth in Cumbria. Situated approximately 8 Miles West of Carlisle; 10 miles north of the Lake District; and 2 miles south of the Scottish border.
It has approximately 10 houses, four farms and a post box!

It lies on the southern edge of Burgh (pronounced "bruff") Marsh, an esturine salt marsh that has been classified as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is here that King Edward I died, on his way to do battle with Robert the Bruce in 1307. His body lay in state in the church at the nearby village of Burgh-by-Sands. A monument stands at the site where he died.

The Solway Firth is one of the only sites in Britain where haaf net fishing (picture) takes place. This is a traditional method introduced by the Vikings for catching salmon & sea trout. The net is attached to a bourk (or beam) which is a wooden frame 18 feet long. The fisherman stands in the water facing the oncoming tide, holding the bourk in front of him. Fish swim into the net and are trapped, the fisherman removes them & places them in a bag carried on his back.



Map of Burgh Marsh area ((c) Ordnance Survey)



Satelite Image of Burgh Marsh area



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