Walks

Cautley Spout near Sedbergh. Take the A683 north from Sedbergh and within four miles (6.4km) you’ll come to the Cross Keys Inn and Low Haygarth. Park near here, take the path across the fields and you can walk up the side of England’s highest waterfall. At the top you’ll see what’s so special about the Howgill Fells.

A Dales High Way: www.daleshighway.co.uk Start or finish this 90 mile (144km) route at Appleby which goes all the way to Saltaire in West Yorkshire.

Eden Way: www.ldwa.org.uk A 78 mile (126km) route between the Solway Firth near Carlisle and the Mallerstang Valley, south of Kirkby Stephen. It passes through Carlisle, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. 

Howgills and Limestone Trail: www.howgillsandlimestonetrail.org.uk A 76 mile (122km) route between Kirkby Stephen and Settle in North Yorkshire, taking in Ravenstonedale, Sedbergh and Barbon along the way. 

Hutton Roof Crags near Kirkby Lonsdale. Limestone pavements are a real feature of certain areas of Cumbria and due east of Arnside, but on the other side of the M6, are Hutton Roof Crags, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a national nature reserve. As at Arnside Knott, the scrub, heath and woodland of the crags support many unusual plants like rigid buckler fern, blue moor grass and early-purple orchids. A public footpath onto the crags is signposted from the village of Hutton Roof. There are fine views from the top.

Lady Anne’s Way: www.ladyannesway.co.uk A 100 mile (161km) route between Penrith and Skipton in Yorkshire, passing through Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.

Northern Viaduct Round near Kirkby Stephen. Two viaducts on the old Stainmore Railway line, views of the Pennines, the Poetry Path, the River Eden and plenty of wildlife are part of this walk. Start in Stenkrith Park, just off the Kirkby Stephen to Nateby road, cross the Millennium Bridge over the River Eden and head along the old railway trackbed, passing part of the Poetry Path. Less than 1 mile (1.6km) later you cross 11-arch Podgill Viaduct and then a few minutes later it’s Merrygill Viaduct where there’s a footpath down to some picnic tables. A couple of old platelayers’ huts on the way have information boards and photographs of the line. Return by the same route - suitable for cyclists and wheelchair users - or head for Hartley village and take a path across the fields back into Kirkby Stephen. 

A Pennine Journey: www.penninejourney.org.uk Almost 250 miles (402km) long, this circular walk goes up the east side of the Pennines from Settle in North Yorkshire, follows Hadrian’s Wall for 21 miles (34km) and then comes back down the west side of the Pennines through the Eden Valley. The walk was devised by David and Heather Pitt, based on Alfred Wainwright’s A Pennine Journey. The Story of a Long Walk in 1938. 

The Pennine Way: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way This is one of Britain’s best known long distance walking routes, 267 miles (427km) up the spine of England, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, just across the border in Scotland. 

Yoredale Way: www.ldwa.org.uk A 100 mile (161km) journey tracing the River Ure between its source, south of Kirkby Stephen, and the point where it joins the River Ouse, north of York. 

The Shepherdess (guided walks) near Sedbergh.

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