GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Penrith

3 miles (5.5 km)

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. It's only about a 1.5 mile walk up to the beacon from the town centre but it is a moderately challenging climb, reaching a height of over 900ft at the top.
The walk starts from the attractive Castle Park, in the centre of town. The park is a lovely place to start your exercise with attractively laid out rose gardens, flower beds, mature trees and grass areas to enjoy. The route takes you through the park to the ruins of the Grade I listed Penrith Castle. The medieval castlewas built towards the end of the 14th century and is owned by English Heirtage.
After exploring the castle the route heads through the town to Fell Lane which you follow to Beacon Edge. From here you pick up the footpaths through the woodland to the Beacon summit.
To continue your walking in the Penrith area head south of the town centre to Eamont Bridge. Here you can pick up a riverside footpath, heading east to Brougham Castle. Also near Eamont Bridge is the Mayburgh Henge and the King Arthur's Round Table Henge. These interesting historic sites are both well worth a visit.
From the henges there is another riverside footpath heading south along the River Lowther. This will take you through woodland to Askham where you can enjoy walks through the attractive grounds of Askham Hall. Near here you will also find Lowther Castle with 130 acres of beautiful gardens and the National Trust owned Acorn Bank.
The closest lake to Penrith is Ullswater, a few miles to the south west. You can catch a bus to Pooley Bridge and pick up the long distance Ullswater Way.

Other Walks around Penrith

  • Dalemain Estate - Explore 5 acres of celebrated gardens and acres of historic parkland in the estate of this splendid Georgian house
  • Ullswater Way - Explore the area around Ullswater Lake on this waymarked walk in the Lake District National Park
  • Miller's Way - Follow in the footsteps of Jonathan Dodgson Carr, Quaker visonary and founder of the Carr's breadmaker company in Cumbria
  • 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
  • Lowther Castle - Explore 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces on this walk near Penrith in 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

Penrith OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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

Photos

War Memorial, Castle Park - geograph.org.uk - 803331

War Memorial, Castle Park

Alhambra Cinema - panoramio

Town centre

Bandstand Castle Park - geograph.org.uk - 803334

Bandstand Castle Park

Penrith Castle - geograph.org.uk - 803318

Penrith Castle

The woodland path to the summit. - geograph.org.uk - 101112

The woodland path to the summit

Penrith beacon. - geograph.org.uk - 101106

The Beacon!

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Penrith.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Penrith.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

Map