Shap and Haweswater

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I have rated this walk as strenuous because it really is a bleak area in winter and all the terrain is fairly high; in summer I would not think it as difficult. It crosses fields given over either to grazing or to growing hay and passes Shap Abbey before reaching Haweswater and then Naddle Farm. From there a bridleway climbs to 330m and descends to the pastures and a walk high above the River Lowther, past the abbey once more and on to Keld Chapel and the Goggleby Stone. The terrain is fairly easy, no thick mud and very few marshy patches, while there are excellent views of the eastern Lake District. It is a walking area that is not heavily used because of its remoteness and the only walkers you are likely to meet will be doing Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk. I think that it is a place to savour.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
23/05/2017 - John Blemming

A really good walk. Try and do it in good weather for some truly great views in the sun. In late afternoon/early evening sunlight on a warm day, it is a great place to be. Look out for the surprise honesty box at point 27 just before you hit the road bridge. Drinks and chocolate laid out for the hungry and thirsty walker for a reasonable price. Never seen that before anywhere else.

05/09/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Jim Grindle for his updates for this walk. August 2012. Adrian (Admin)

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