3.1 of 5 (10 votes)

Langwathby to Lazonby via Long Meg & Kirkoswald

A moderate walk (countryside) starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 12.80km (7.95 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 126m (413ft)
Descent 144m (472ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 270m (885ft)
Langwathby or Kirkoswald
Distance 12.80km
Duration ~3:45h
2Created by mac.hawk on 14 Mar 2015
Quite a bit of road walking along (usually) quiet lanes. One for historians - several (lovely) churches, a bell tower, a stone circle & a ruined castle en-route. Fantastic views east & west on the approach to Long Meg (if the visibility is good). 8.5 miles you could rush in 1/2 day but I'd recommend you take time to visit our heritage/history. Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line between stations.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid NY573334
Leave the station via the exit road and upon reaching the A686 turn left downhill. Follow the road for 400 yards and where it veers right turn right into Salkeld Road.
OS Grid NY569335
Pass the Shepherds Inn on the left and the Parish Church on the right and follow the road ahead for nearly 1.5 miles to pass under the railway bridge.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid NY565354
Follow the road as it rises into Little Salkeld (Mill, tea rooms & toilet here). The road veers right and continues to rise uphill.
About 1.92 km (~1.19 miles) from
OS Grid NY569364
The road soon levels out and shortly turn left into a track and follow this to soon veer right and reach a road junction. Carry on ahead to reach the stone circle.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid NY571372
Follow the track that runs in front of the farm and follow it downhill briefly to reach a waymarked gate. Go through the gate and follow the path through the wood for 1/2 mile.
About 0.77 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid NY568382
The path turns sharply right, reaches a fingerposted junction and carries on ahead to reach St Michael's Church (well worth a visit) and then continues on tarmac road to a road junction.
About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid NY576384
At the road junction turn left and soon reach the village green at Glassonby (there's a seat & bus shelter here).
About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
OS Grid NY576388
Veer right along the road signposted to Gamblesby/Alston.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid NY578389
Very shortly reach another road junction and go left along the signposted narrow road to Glassonbybeck/Old Parks.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
OS Grid NY578396
Shortly after crossing the bridge over the beck itself turn left into the (wayposted) tarmac road that soon turns to track to Old Parks.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid NY573400
Pass the buildings on the right and follow the waymarked route across a number of fields (initially to the right of woodland, then open field followed by left of woodland then more open field).
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid NY557410
The footpath passes Kirkoswald Castle on the right to reach the road. Turn left and take the road downhill towards Kirkoswald (the Bell Tower on the hill ahead we'll access at (14)).
About 1.92 km (~1.19 miles) from
OS Grid NY555410
At the road junction turn right. At the next junction veering right explores the village but this route follows the main route left briefly.
About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid NY554410
At the next bend in the road, adjacent the access path to St Oswald's Church, is an access gate to the Bell Tower - both are worth a visit (church open Easter to Sept).
About 0.13 km (~0.08 miles) from
OS Grid NY550404
Return to the road and follow it for 1/2 mile to Eden Bridge.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
OS Grid NY551399
Cross the river via the bridge and follow the road as it passes the lido on the left and enters Lazonby itself.
About 0.49 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid NY548397
The road leads into the village and the church & yard of St Nicholas is immediately before the railway station. Turn right up the access road to reach the station. Walk approx 8.5 miles.
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from

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