Great Asby Scar Circular

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The walk starts near Orton, an attractive Eden Valley village complete with chocolate factory and tea room.

Near the start there is a stone circle. You pass this and climb up to the unusual limestone pavements of Great Asby Scar, through a remote nature reserve, with fabulous views of the Howgills and the Lake District fells. You can make an optional detour to the monument at Beacon Hill.

The nature reserve is kept sheep-free, so that small shrubs that once grew on the pavements can re-establish themselves. You are asked to keep dogs on leads to protect nesting birds. The route drops down into a secluded valley.

The return brings you past the site of another ancient settlement, over the limestone pavement again with more superb views and back through a series of small fields.

England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Tea Shop, Toilets
18/10/2011 - Barbara Howcroft

Did this walk Fri 14 Oct 2011. No muddy bits, dog friendly. After initial climb mostly level. Incidentally when we got back to the track leading up to the road we saw the Coast to Coast sign. We have booked to do the C2C in 2014. Barbara, Jeff and Millie the dog.

14/02/2007 - Alan Marsden

Did This walk on 12th February 2007. Started in terrible weather with rain and poor visibility but this soon cleared to leave a largely cloudy day. A good walk and surprisingly good underfoot considering the weather as paths seem little used and Limestone helps drainage. Directions around the option to view the monument slightly confusing. Turn immediatly right after the gate if not doing the monument.

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