Lanercost Priory - Chapelburn - Banks - and return

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This walk starts at the wonderful Lanercost Priory, where you can use the car park there, or the car park at the main bridge (both free at the time of writing.) Using footpaths, bridleways, quiet country roads, utilising all these will eventually take you to a smashing little chapel that is easily seen from Hadrians Wall and is set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside outside of the Lakes! The Lakes themselves can be quite easily scene from the walk and walking next to the river Irthing makes this a gem! Plenty of refreshments at the start/finish of the walk and lots of history too. Enjoy!

England - North England - Cumbria - Hadrians Wall


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Museum, National Trust, Nature Trail, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife
15/09/2021 - Susan Neininger

We enjoyed this walk on a pleasant September day 2021. We missed the carpark at the bridge but parked at the tearoom without any trouble (do ask!). The Priory carpark is through the next gate on the right and has no restriction as far as we could see. The bridge across the river after waymark 4 is damaged and CLOSED for the foreseeable future. A local resident suggested we might risk it or even try fording the river. We chose not to go steeply downhill to find out, but returned to Wallholme Bridge about a mile back. From there, there is a choice of two tracks up to the wall - definitely not 0 metres height gain! The road along the top and down to Banks and Lanercost was quite busy, so we compensated for missing a wall section by following HW path up out of Banks (signpost hidden in bushes just after a T-junction at the bottom of the hill) to Haytongate, with good views, then down the track to Lanercost

16/06/2015 - Brian Foster

I did this walk on 16 June 2015 and enjoyed it. The car park at Lanercost Bridge is free but is easily missed as there isn't a sign to it. Look out for a gap in the hedge of the left about 200 yards after the bridge. It is possible to park at Lanercost Priory but a permit should be obtained by those who wish to stay longer than 2 hours or run the risk of being clamped. Anyone who thinks that this walk will provide good views of Hadrian's Wall will be disappointed as only a single 100 yard stretch remains. The rest is on the small road and field-side paths.


October 2013 - a great walk with the riverside section between WP3 and WP4 being particularly pleasant. There's a bit of a climb between Lanerton Farm and WP5 but it's gradual and on a good farm track, keep looking behind you during the ascent as the views open up to the south. The tearoom adjacent to Lanercost Priory is good and the Priory itself is worth a visit (English Heritage).

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