WALKS & RUNS FROM THE DOOR
Here are some of our favourite local walks or runs that start just outside our front door. These vary in terms of their distance from a couple of miles to full days out in landscapes surrounding Shap.
Walks/ runs from the door
Shap Abbey & Keld Chapel
This is a short leg stretch from the door that is accessible for the whole family. You can either walk the road straight from the junction across the road to the Shap Abbey or if you don’t mind going over some fields, you can cut across to the hamlet of Keld and walk back that way.
This is a lovely walk of 4.6 mi/ 7.5km over the fields to the hamlet of Rosgill and back via a part of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path and goes past Shap Abbey on the way back. Perfect for a little longer walk or for a quick little training run.
Wet Sleddale and Uncle Monty’s Cottage
This is a longer walk or run of about 8.5 mi / 14 km from the door that takes you across two sets of stepping stones and past Wet Sleddale reservoir and Sleddale Hall that’s famous from the cult film Withnail & I . Just a warning, the clue is in the name – it definitely gets wet underfoot!
Three Rings of Shap
These are three circular walks or runs of 18-24 mi / 29-39 km that start and finish in Shap. Ring one takes you past Wet Sleddale to Mosedale and towards the hills above Haweswater reservoir and back via Swindale waterfalls and hamlets of Rosgill and Keld. Ring two goes through the hamlets of Reagill, Morland, Hackthorpe and Bampton Grange offering views of rivers Lyvenett, Leith and Lowther. Ring 3 will take you via the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path to limestone pavements of National Nature Reserve of Great Asby Scar and back via Crosby Ravensworth and Oddendale.
Maps and GPX files available on LDWA page here.
At Nature’s Pace
Ruth is based in Shap and is a Nature Connectiveness Guide. She organises events and bespoke experiences for getting closer to nature and experiencing mindfullness. You can find out more on the link below
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