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Slow Ways linking Carlisle and Bowness-on-Solway, Brampton (Carlisle), Gretna, Hesket Newmarket, Lazonby, Longtown, Wigton

England / Cumbria / Carlisle

Carlisle’s seven Slow Ways are 46% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 5/7
verified: 1/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Bowness-on-Solway—Carlisle
Bowcar one

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 168m Descent 161m
Bowness-on-Solway—Carlisle
Bowcar two Review me Distance 25km/15mi Ascent 161m Descent 151m
Carlisle—Brampton (Carlisle)
Carbra one Survey me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 215m Descent 166m
Carlisle—Lazonby
Carlaz one Pioneer me Distance 32km/20mi Ascent 503m Descent 570m
Gretna—Carlisle
Grecar one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 217m Descent 217m
Hesket Newmarket—Carlisle
Hescar one

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 216m Descent 362m
Hesket Newmarket—Carlisle
Hescar two

Double check Distance 24km/15mi Ascent - Descent -
Longtown—Carlisle
Loncar one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 95m Descent 91m
Longtown—Carlisle
Loncar two Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 107m Descent 103m
Wigton—Carlisle
Wigcar one

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 170m Descent 181m

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Collective progress

45% of Carlisle’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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reviewed

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surveyed

1/10

verified

6 people have contributed to Carlisle’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Carlisle

159km out of 227km have been walked and reviewed

217km of reviews have been shared in Carlisle

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A decent route from Carlisle to Brampton, making up the first section of our five day walk from Carlisle to Newcastle. Road walking takes you to Warwick Bridge and another refuel stop at Sally’s friendly tea shop, which is just across from Co-op. More road walking takes you past Toppin Castle. Note the red sandstone cross on the outskirts of Brampton that marks the site of a Capon tree that once stood there....

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Emerald Brampton-Greene took this photo on Carbra one

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This is a gently undulating walk out of Carlisle, mainly on small roads and footpaths, as well as through a little wood and a golf course! From Scotby we turned left and continued on paved roads until taking a stile and passing under a bridge through to a field. It was quite muddy with lots of sheep, but lovely to be off the roads. From the woods we then emerged into Warwick, by a pub and then turned right onto the pavement along the A69 to Warwick Bridge....

Polly

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Across a field and then a bridge, we then follow a path that soon merges with the Cumbria Way. At Bell Bridge, we cross and descend into the field, and we're on a riverside walk for some miles now, lasting until we're past Rose Castle. Past Rose Castle, we head inland and uphill, passing Lime House school, then a farmtrack past Hawksdale Hall and into Bridge End, where there is a pub and a picnic area!...

Hiking Historian

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From Hesket Newmarket to Buckabank is an enjoyable route, but the footpath from there goes through a bullock field which has a jammed gate, followed by overgrown, muddy uphill woodland walks, easy to get lost, and that's before you discover a big chunk is missing as a new bypass being built....

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Hesket Newmarket—Carlisle

Hiking Historian added Hescar two, a new walk from Hesket Newmarket to Carlisle

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From here, it's a series of paved roads walks through Botcherby and Scotby Bridge (a few slight inclines). Taking the next junction, the road is paved up until the bridge over the beck, but we're not on it for much longer; a stile at a gate brings us to a track under the railway, and then across a field. Past the church, it's paved, but that soon vanishes, and we're onto quiet unpaved country roads once more, and almost constantly uphill. Once over Lower Gelt Bridge (with nice rapids!), we're on another unpaved road, although this one is a dead-end, only serving a couple of houses. We eventually emerge onto a paved road, and once around the corner, we're in the centre of Brampton....

Hiking Historian

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Once you do find the way up to the bridge the rest of the walk is roadside with very little in the way of verge or footpath.Altogether not a walk I would recommend or do again....

James Slowey Slowey

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Bowness-on-Solway—Carlisle

Hiking Historian added Bowcar two, a new walk from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle

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And last, although the wall walk is nice at Carlisle Castle, to get to it is a long steep staircase right at the end of the walk!...

Hiking Historian

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Terrain, gates, kissing gates, steps and footbridges, exclude wheeled users for most of the way. There is a good deal of unpaved roads, but although often busy with traffic, it is quite safe, and hikers are common. Transport connections are great in Carlisle, as is shopping, but in Bowness, and along the way, choices are limited, so take provisions....

Hiking Historian

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The marked route from Carlisle station to the Eden river wasn’t accessible at this time due to a road and path closure. We walked down towards Stainton where we knew there was a foot path to the right which would lead us to the river Eden (after another right turn and a subsequent left turn – neither signposted) and so get us back on track for Cargo and Rockcliffe. The path through Cargo and Rockcliffe was as described. After we passed Rockcliffe Cross the path was indicated to go across fields along the edge of farmland. Due to road layout changes you now have to turn right out of Metal Bridge and then sharp left onto the road to take you across the Eden and the Esk....

nan64

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The section leaving Wigton is lovely and well walked, and the road past Kirkland Hall and Greenwood Farm is quiet with distant mountain views. As you approach the main road embankment straight ahead, with the railway and house across to your left, you do have to turn right and walk up the access driveway of the houses to cross the busy A595 and walk along it’s verge SW for a hundred yards or so to turn down the road to Beckside, there is no footpath through the embankment as the map suggests. If you don’t want to go into Thursby itself you can just continue along the south bank of the Wampool to Wampool Bridge, and cross by road to the south of the railway line, taking a look at the grade II listed water tank at the old Curthwaite Station to the east from the top of the railway bridge....

Joanna

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Bowness-on-Solway—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Bowcar one, a new walk from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle

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Carlisle—Brampton (Carlisle)

Slow Ways added Carbra one, a new walk from Carlisle to Brampton (Carlisle)

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Carlisle—Lazonby

Slow Ways added Carlaz one, a new walk from Carlisle to Lazonby

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Gretna—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Grecar one, a new walk from Gretna to Carlisle

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Hesket Newmarket—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Hescar one, a new walk from Hesket Newmarket to Carlisle

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Longtown—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Loncar one, a new walk from Longtown to Carlisle

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Longtown—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Loncar two, a new walk from Longtown to Carlisle

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Wigton—Carlisle

Slow Ways added Wigcar one, a new walk from Wigton to Carlisle

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Carlisle, Wed 17 July

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Carlisle’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

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Lat / Lon

54.89118° / -2.93349°

Easting / Northing

340,222E / 555,558N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Carlisle's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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