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 as the final stop on the Settle-Carlisle Line before the terminus at Carlisle. It was opened in May 1876, closed in May 1970 when local passenger trains ceased on the route and reopened by British Rail in 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 Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Armathwaite Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Armathwaite OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Armathwaite Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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.
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.
To continue your walking along the Settle-Carlisle line you could visit the splendid Ribblehead Viaduct. The impressive viaduct carries the Settle-Carlisle Railway across Batty Moss in the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cumbria Walks page.