Smardale Wildlife Reserve
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A lovely, simple and easy walk along the Smardale Wildlife Reserve, a disused railway and a haven for wildlife. Cross a dizzyingly high viaduct to see limekilns before returning along open access countryside on the other side of the valley for spectacular views of the viaduct.
A moderate grade due to just one short part of the route which is a little precarious. The path is thin at this point and traverses a steep slope, so care is needed, especially after rain or snow.
There are plenty of information boards along the way to fill you in about the local wildflowers, wildlife and the limekilns.
It's a good walk for dogs but they should be on leads, at least on the open farmland. Some folk allow well-behaved dogs free along the railway nature reserve where it's well enclosed and away from livestock.
Much of this walk would be accessible for people with wheelchairs and pushchairs, but crossing the valley and returning on the other side would not be possible as there are steps to climb and stiles to be crossed. However there's no reason you can't take the outward journey and come back the same way.
England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley
Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail
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