GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Brough Walks - Castle and Beck

3 miles (5.5 km)

This Cumbrian town includes a historic castle, waterside trails along the Swindale Beck and some lovely Eden countryside scenery.
This circular walk starts at the ruined castle in the town. The Castle dates back to the 11th century and is now in the care of English Heritage. Nearby there's the Norman St Michael's church where you can learn all about the history of the site.
After exploring the grounds you can then follow bridle tracks west past the Verteris Roman Fort towards Great Musgrave. Here you cross the Swindale Beck and follow the Musgrave Lane back east towards the village.


CA17 4EJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Brough OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Brough Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Brough

  • Kirkby Stephen River Circular - This circular walk takes you along a section of the Pennine Journey long distance trail before returning along the River Eden.
    The small market town of Kirkby Stephen is located in Cumbria, near the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Nine Standards Rigg - Enjoy wonderful views over the Eden Valley on this climb to the summit of Hartley Fell in the North Pennines AONB
  • Pennine Bridleway - This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire.
    It is suitable for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers taking you on a tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country
  • Wild Boar Fell - This circular walk climbs Wild Boar Fell in the Mallerstang area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Ravenstonedale - There are lots of nice walks to try around the pretty Cumbrian village of Ravenstonedale
  • Smardale Gill Viadiuct - This walk takes you through the pretty Smardale Gill along the trackbed of a disused railway line
  • Mallerstang - This circular walk explores the Mallerstang area of Cumbria
  • Pendragon Castle - This walk visits the ruins of the ancient Pendragon Castle inMallerstang Dale, Cumbria
  • Newbiggin On Lune - This Cumbrian village is located just north west of Ravenstonedale in the Eden district of the county.


Brough Castle Ice Cream Parlour and Tearoom can be found right next to the castle. It's a nice place for a rest and some refreshments after your exercise.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south west and you can explore the pleasant market town of Kirkby Stephen and enjoy a walk along the River Eden.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Howgills Walks and the Cumbria Walks pages.


Brough Castle - - 2483848

Brough Castle.Like many other castles in the area, 11th century Brough was restored in the 17th century byLady Anne Clifford. St Michael's Parish Church, in nearby Church Brough, displays an exhibition about the region.

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Brough Castle Farm

View from Brough Castle - - 2483861

View from Brough Castle

View from Brough Castle - - 2483861

Pasture by Swindale Beck. Undulating grassy fields with scattered deciduous trees below the west edge of Brough Castle.

Swindale Beck - - 696543

Swindale Beck

View towards Great Musgrave - - 696548

View towards Great Musgrave

Coronation Clock - - 696518

Coronation Clock in the town

Swindale Beck, Brough - - 1477537

Swindale Beck, Brough Attractive old stone cottages line the beck in the old coaching town


GPS Files

GPX File

Brough.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Brough.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)