GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Armathwaite Walks

4 miles (6 km)

This Cumbrian village is located on the splendid Settle Carlisle Railway making it a popular place for starting a walk. The village also includes a couple of excellent old pubs adding to its appeal.
There's some lovely walking trails along the river Eden and through the surrounding woodland and countryside too. This circular walk starts from Armathwaite railway station. The station is notable asthe final stop on theSettle-Carlisle Linebefore the terminus atCarlisle. It was opened in May 1876, closed in May 1970 when local passenger trains ceased on the route and reopened byBritish Railin July 1986.From the station it is a short stroll south east to the village. Here you can cross the river on Armathwaite Bridge where there are fine views down to the water. The route then picks up a riverside footpath heading south into Coombs Wood. Trails will then take you through the wood to Coombshead and Longdales. Here you can pick up a country lane heading north west back to the village. The lane is in an elevated position giving excellent views across the surrounding countryside of the Eden Valley.

Armathwaite OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Armathwaite Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Armathwaite

  • Lacys Caves and Long Meg - This fascinating circular walk visits Lacy's Caves and the Long Meg stone circle near Penrith
  • Kirkoswald - This historic Cumbrian village is located in a lovely spot in the LowerEdenValley, just south of Armathwaite and north of Penrith
  • Penrith - This walk around the Lake District town of Penrith visits the medieval castle before heading up to Penrith Beacon for some lovely views over the area
  • Dalemain Estate - Explore 5 acres of celebrated gardens and acres of historic parkland in the estate of this splendid Georgian house
  • Lowther Castle - Explore 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces on this walk near Penrith in the Lake District.
  • Askham Hall - This walk takes you through Askham Hall and along the River Lowther in the northern area of the Lake District
  • Acorn Bank - This walk takes you through the National Trust owned Acorn Bank Gardens and into the surrounding countryside to the village of Culgaith in the Eden District of Cumbria.
    Acorn Bank has stunning gardens with orchards carpeted with wildflowers and surrounded by herbaceous borders
  • Whinfell Forest - This walk visits the Cliburn Moss Nature Reserve before following woodland trails into the adjacent Whinfell Forest
  • Greystoke Forest - This large area of woodland near Penrith has miles of cycling and walking trails to try
  • Aira Force - This walk visits the beautiful Aira Force waterfall next to Ullswater Lake in the Lake District National Park
  • Gowbarrow Fell - This circular walk visits Aira Force Waterfall before climbing to Gowbarrow Fell above Ullswater Lake
  • Great Mell Fell - This walk climbs to Great Mell Fell in the Lake District National Park.
  • Askham Fell - This circular walk climbs to the viewpoint at Askham Fell from the Lake District village of Askham


Back in the village the Duke's Head is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The country inn does very good food and has a lovely large garden area for warmer days. You can find them on Front Street with a postcode of CA4 9PB for your sat navs.
There's also the Fox and Pheasant. The 17th century coaching inn is in a lovely spot overlooking the river. There's a splendid olde worlde interior here with original wooden beams, exposed stonework and stable stalls. There's also another nice garden here next to the woodland walk. They are also located on Front Street on the opposite side of the river.

Dog Walking

The river and woodland trails are ideal for a dog walk. Both the village pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south and you can visit another highlight on the railway at Lacys Caves and Long Meg. On this walk you will visit an ancient stone circle and a series of 5 chambers in a red sandstone cliff overlooking the river. Near here is the neighbouring village of Kirkoswald where you can visit the 12th century St Oswald's church and the College, a former Pele tower built in 1450.
To continue your walking along the Settle-Carlisle line you could visit the splendid Ribblehead Viaduct. The impressive viaductcarries theSettle-Carlisle Railwayacross Batty Moss in the valley of theRiver RibbleatRibblehead, inNorth Yorkshire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cumbria Walks page.


River Eden viewed from Armathwaite bridge - - 945486

River Eden viewed from Armathwaite bridge

Front Street, Armathwaite - - 946797

Front Street, Armathwaite

The Citadel Express at Armathwaite railway station in 1978

The Citadel Express at Armathwaite railway station in 1978. This train, which was steam hauled from York to Carlisle and back, is shown stopped at Armathwaite for photographs. The photograph was taken at 17.04 on Saturday 23rd September 1978. The Locomotive is Bulleid Merchant Navy Class No. 35028 'Clan Line'. The train ran with the reporting No.1Z42 and the passengers had originally joined the train at 07.15 at Euston, here the train would return at 22.17.

The River Eden at Combe Wood - - 95741

The River Eden at Combe Wood. The river Eden is a prolific Salmon & Trout river set in one of England's most idyllic valleys, The Eden.

The Fox and Pheasant, Ainstable - - 1158482

The Fox and Pheasant, Ainstable. Here three roads converge on their way to a bridge over the River Eden; a good place for an inn, and this one has spread itself through two quite different buildings. Although this group of buildings is in Ainstable Civil Parish, it is near Armathwaite, and this is its postal address.

Armathwaite Castle - - 2708747

Armathwaite Castle. View from Armathwaite Bridge looking up the River Eden to the Castle.

Vista - - 1129562

Vista. A sculpture by Graeme Mitcheson, the ninth of ten Eden Benchmarks. It represents the rucksack, boots and clothes left on the rock by someone who has gone for a paddle in the river. It's located in Coombes Wood, just to the south of the village.

Armathwaite Bridge - - 1158659

Armathwaite Bridge. This has evidently been rebuilt since 1868, as the six-inch map of that date shows it to be very narrow, with cutwaters that probably had passing-places over them.


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