John Strutt Conservation Foundation circuit

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This is a circuit of the land above Kirkby Stephen held by the John Strutt Conservation Foundation. The walk, partly on permissive paths, includes a section of the old railway and fine views of the Eden Valley from a limestone escarpment.

John Strutt owned a varied parcel of land near the market town of Kirkby Stephen. When he died he left it in trust and it has been maintained ever since to encourage wildlife and ecological diversity.

After walking up from the town through the pretty hamlet of Hartley the circuit takes in a section of the old Stainmore railway. After this the route rises further into the foothills and passes along a fine limestone escarpment. Paths down through open fields lead to the Hartley quarry road on which we return to Hartley and then to Kirkby Stephen.

England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Toilets, Wildlife

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23.6 Miles