Mealo is situated by the Solway Firth in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, located about 4 miles north-east of Maryport and 1 mile south of Allonby. Meal Burn (stream) joins the Solway Firth here. Mealo House Farm and Mealo House Caravan Park are located by the junction of the B3500 coast road and the minor road east to Hayton and Aspatria. Mealo House farmhouse is a listed building. There is also a large farm at Mealo Hill, inland, to the east of Maelo House. Historically, Hayton with Mealo was a township in the ancient parish of Aspatria. Over time there have been numerous different spellings of the place name, including Melay, Mealhay, Mealrige, and Melow in Allerdell. Today, Mealo forms part of Hayton and Mealo Civil Parish.
HAYTON, with Melay, a township, in the parish of Aspatria, union of Wigton, Allerdale ward below Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 7 miles (N. by W.) from Cockermouth; containing 378 inhabitants.