New Ing Lodge is, in our humble opinion, perfectly situate for options of spending time outdoors. Whether you’re into walking, running or cycling, we have collected some of our favourite routes which we have tried and tested and can thoroughly recommend. These are all just a short drive away or start straight at our door. These routes will take you to some of better known local sites and views and tell stories about our area.
KELD CHAPEL AND SHAP ABBEY
This is a nice local walk from our door that is for all abilities. It’s a leisurely stroll for families with mixed age groups or perfect for stretching your legs after a long drive. This route will take you to ancient Keld Chapel that’s now owned by National Trust and to the ruins of Shap Abbey. It’s a 4-kilometre circular route that should take you between 60 to 90 minutes. Find the full description of the walk and map below.
Keld and Shap Abbey
Swindale is sometimes called the best kept secret of the Lake District and it’s only about a 10-minute drive from our door to get there. This beautiful valley has a lot to offer and it’s definitely one of our favourite places to go to either for a walk or a run. As part of the project that restored the original bends of Swindale Beck, United Utilities and RSPB have set up a waymarked route at the bottom of the valley, which we cannot recommend enough! It’s a moderate 8.7 km walk that should take you about 3 hours. Find the full description and map below.
Swindale Beck Walk
ROBIN HOOD’S GRAVE
This is a beautiful walk over the moors of Yorkshire Dales National Park that doesn’t involve much climbing. It’s full of ancient history and folk stories as it crosses the old Roman Road and leads you to what is known as Robin Hood’s Grave. According to the legend, this is one the places where his remains might have been buried. You can also visit ancient and mysterious stone circles along the route of which there are quite a few around Shap. It’s about a 12-kilometre walk that should take you about 3 hours to complete. Find the full description of the walk and map below.
Robin Hood’s Grave
NEW ING SKYLINE
The front of New Ing Lodge looks directky towards the Far Eastern Fells and you can get some pretty special sunsets just sitting at the window. However, closer than the majestic Kidsty Pike and High Street, there is a skyline of some Outlaying Wainwrights including Seat Robert (515 m), which offers a very pleasing walk among some of the quietest hills in the Lake District. It can be a bit wet underfoot but don’t let that discourage you from exploring! You can find the full description of the walk with a map below.
New Ing Skyline
CYCLING AND MTB ROUTES
LOWTHER AND EDEN VALLEYS
A great way of seeing some our favourite places around Shap is to head out on your bike for a ride from our door in the Lowther Valley and parts of the Eden Valley. This scenic bike ride on quiet country roads will take you to Swindale and Haweswater as well as the villages of Askham, Bampton and Morland among other places. There are numberous options on route for refreshments as well. The whole ride is 38 km with possible extentions adding up to 28 km. You can find the full description of the ride together with maps below.
Lowther and Eden Valleys
GREAT DUN FELL
There is a road that leads straight up to the top of the hill and you can cycle all the way up there. There are hardly any cars, so that leaves you just the joy of cycling. You can access Great Dun Fell (it’s the one with a huge ‘golf ball’ at the top!) from the village of Dufton in the peaceful Eden Valley. You can either start your ride there or cycle the 13.1 miles to Dufton as a warm up. You can find the full description of the ride including the profile and stats below.
Great Dun Fell ride
CROSBY FELL, KNIPE SCAR AND LOWTHER VALLEY (MTB route)
Another great way to take in the local scenery is to head off road with your mountain bike or cross bike. This is a great route straight from our door that will take you around the local moors and doesn’t require much technical abilities. The route will take you via the old Roman Road through Oddendale to Crosby Fell and back under the M6 towards Swindale and Knipe Scar. The total distance is roughly 52 kilometers. See below the full description and maps for the route.Crosby Fell and Knipe Scar ride
WITHNAIL AND I LOCATIONS
Withnail and I is a great British film classic from 1980s starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGunn. Many of the scenes were filmed locally and there are plenty of people who love the film and come to check out Sleddale Hall and the famous phone box. We have devised a route that takes in all the local spots that were used for filming and suggest fans of the film to make a nice day out of driving around our beautiful countryside. Unless, of course, they’ve come on a holiday by mistake…
You can find the full description of the route and spots below.
Withnail and I locations