Little Salkeld, Lacy's Caves and Long Meg

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The Eden Valley must be one of the most underrated walking areas in the North of England and this walk not only includes one of the finest riverside sections open to walkers, but also several sites of interest.

Lacy's Caves were cut from sandstone in a cliff overlooking the Eden; the tiny St Michael's Church is a delight and also has a bridleway running right through the churchyard; Long Meg and her Daughters is one of the best of the many Cumbrian stone circles and completely accessible.

You can even have tea before you go home, at a water mill just on the edge of Little Salkeld.

England - North England - Cumbria - Eden Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, River, Tea Shop, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/18/2021 - Paul Callis

Our group did this walk on the 18 July and we entered Lacy Caves OK no problem.

7/10/2021 - MARIAN THOMAS

This is a wonderful riverside walk, but rather slippery after rain, especially on the wooden boardwalk sections- best to bring or find a walking stick. The path from Little Salkeld to Daleraven is well signposted, however Lacy Caves are no longer accessible as path diverted. No problems with path at no.7, vegetation has been cut back. St Michael's Church, Adinghamis a lovely peaceful spot, plenty of seats for a lunchtime break, church was open. Long Meg and her daughters were amazing.

9/30/2010 - Anthony Tickner Jones

Loved this walk, especially the stone circle.

9/25/2010 - David and Chris Stewart

Really enjoyed this walk. The caves were fascinating if a little bizarre. The return route was better than you might expect, along an ancient trackway between hedges as far as the church. Long Meg is an extraordinary monument.

6/27/2010 - Judy Brua

This is a great easy walk. The initial part by the river is perhaps the best - quite varied, with Lacy's Caves being interesting. We saw 2 herons along the river. The footpath at waymark 7 is easily passable, no longer obstructed, but was very 'buggy'. Directions were very accurate.

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