Kirkby Lonsdale and Barbon Fell

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Like many areas near the Lake District, this one tends to be overlooked by walkers who have their sights set on higher things. Turner and Ruskin painted the scenery often though, so attractive is it. Bridleways are used at the start of the walk so that there are very few stiles, while the highlight of the walk is over access land where your navigational skills will be tested. It makes a very fine day out with a view of the whole Lake District skyline, so save it for a good day.

The walk is in three distinct parts: the bridleways which take you from the Devil's Bridge; the tracks and access land to which they lead; and the return by bridleways and field-paths.

The middle section is the one most demanding to navigate. Although you will find narrow paths and some walls to follow, there is no signposting as it is open access and you can choose your own route across the moorland. It is well worth doing as the higher ground is unfrequented and has outstanding views, but I would recommend clear weather and lots of confidence. I have though, been able to suss out enough definite waymarks to help you through and I am confident that you will not only follow the route but enjoy it hugely.

England - North England - Cumbria - North Pennines


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
3/9/2020 - Robert Armstrong

Excellent walk, however: Point 20 (SD 646811) states that there is a 'newly constructed step stile 20m to the right of the wall junction'. We could find no evidence of this. It must have been removed. Had to climb over the wall which had obviously been damaged by previous walkers who found their way blocked. Ominously, a new roll of wire fencing was lying on the ground, looking as though it was ready for use to block the way.

3/20/2010 - John Holden

A beautiful walk with good directions and GPS points. On a bright, sunny Sunday in March there was barely a soul to be seen, so this is for you if you want to avoid the crowds. Sunday lunch in The Pheasant Inn is highly recommended. JH

7/14/2008 - johnny cohen

Absolutely fabulous walk yesterday 13 July 2008. Directions excellent. Just one improvement to step 20. It is no longer necessary to climb the wall. Some twenty or so yards to your right is a stone stile up the wall. Thanks for giving us a great day. Johnny Cohen Liverpool

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