GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Carlisle

3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk visits the Cumbrian city of Carlisle, exploring the castle grounds before picking up riverisde footpaths on either side of the River Eden. You'll also visit the delightful riverside Rickerby Park and thepicturesque Eden Bridge Gardens on this easy 3.5 mile walk.
The walk starts from Carlisle Castle which dates from the 11th century. It was originally built during the reign ofWilliam II of England, the son ofWilliam the Conqueror.Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England andScotland, it has been the centre of manywarsand invasions. Today the castle is managed byEnglish Heritageand is open to the public.
The walk begins by following public footpaths around the castle to the river. Here you pick up trails heading east through Bitts Park to the Eden Bridge. Cross the river here and you will enter Rickerby Park. The traditional Victorian park is a lovely place for a stroll with nice footpaths and good river views.The parkland is dotted with mature trees, beneath which cattle and sheep graze the pasture grasses.
After exploring the park you can return to the southern side of the river over the Memorial Bridge. You then pick up more riverside footpaths taking you back to the castle via the golf course.
Carlisle Cathedral is located just to the south of the castle and well worth a visit too. Its notable features include figurative stone carving, a set of medieval choir stalls and the largest window in theFlowing Decorated Gothic style in England. The city centre is largely pedestrianisedso also pleasant for walkers. Other medieval buildings include the Guildhall and theTithe Barn while the law courts date from the 16th century.
The area around the city is great walking country so there are many good options for extending your exercise. Carlisle sits on the edge of the Solway Coast AONB so one good option is to pick up the Hadrian's Wall Path and head west. This will take you right into the AONB where there are wonderful views over the Solway Firth into Scotland.
At the southern edge of the city you can pick up the Cumbria Way long distance trail. This follows a nice waterside path along the River Caldew to nearby Dalston.
Following the Hadrian's Wall Path in a north easterley direction will take you along Hadrian's Wall into Northumberland.
Also of interest is the lovely Watchtree Nature Reserve just to the west of the city. Here you will find lots of cycling and walking trails with reedbeds, lagoons, woodland, wild flower meadows and an elemental garden.
To the east of the city, near Brampton, you can visit Talkin Tarn Country Park with its large glacial tarn, mature woodland, gentle meadows and stunning views of the Pennine Hills.

Other Walks around Carlisle

Carlisle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Carlisle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

Photos

Carlisle castle - geograph.org.uk - 1002217

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Cathedral 03

Carlisle Cathedral

A7 Roadbridge over River Eden in Carlisle - geograph.org.uk - 92889

A7 Roadbridge over River Eden

River Eden From Eden Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 838244

River Eden From Eden Bridge

Rickerby Park - Carlisle - geograph.org.uk - 503806

Rickerby Park

Sheep grazing in Rickerby Park - geograph.org.uk - 601293

Sheep Grazing in Rickerby Park

Cenotaph in Rickerby Park - geograph.org.uk - 1283247

Cenotaph in Rickerby Park

In Rickerby Park - geograph.org.uk - 940837

Footpath in the park

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Carlisle.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Carlisle.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map