GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wetheral Walks

5 miles (8.2 km)

This historic Cumbrian village near Carlisle has some lovely riverside trails, peaceful local woods and the remains of ancient priory to see.
This walk from the village takes you south along the River Eden to visit Wetheral Woods.
The walk starts from the train station, next to Corby Bridge and heads south along a riverside footpath to the National Trust managed woods. You continue to Cote House where you will pass Coathouse Tower and Coathouse Island in the river. The walk finishes at Brackenbank but you could continue south to Edenbrows Wood and Holmwrangle.
On the way you can take a slight detour from the route to visit the Wetheral Priory Gatehouse. The ancient structure is the sole survivor of a small Benedictine priory. The miniature 'pele-tower' contains two storeys of comfortable rooms and later became a fortified vicarage.


CA4 8HD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Wetheral OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wetheral Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Wetheral

  • Carlisle - 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
  • Cumbria Coastal Way - Explore the wonderful coastline of Cumbria on this splendid long distance path
  • Hadrian's Wall Path - Starting in Wallsend near the east coast of England, head across the country to Bowness-on-Solway along this wonderful trail that follows the famous Roman wall
  • Cumbria Way - Travel through the beautiful Lake District National Park on this stunning walk
  • Solway Coast - This long walk makes use of the Cumbria Coastal Way and the Hadrian's Wall Path to explore the Solway Coast AONB. The route runs from Silloth to Bowness-on-Solway taking you through some beautiful scenery using a series of waymarked paths. In Silloth you can visit the Solway Coast Discovery Centre to learn all about the area before you begin your exercise.
  • Watchtree Nature Reserve - This super Nature Reserve near Carlisle has a series of cycling and walking trails to try.
  • Talkin Tarn Country Park - Explore this 165 acre country park in Brampton, and enjoy the large glacial tarn, mature woodland and gentle meadows with the stunning Pennine Hills as a backdrop
  • Brampton - The small market town of Brampton is located in the Carlisledistrict ofCumbria
  • Gelt Woods - Follow the River Gelt through Gelt Woods Nature Reserve, on this delightful walk near Brampton, Cumbria
  • Geltsdale - This walk explores the RSPB's Geltsdale Nature Reserve and the pretty Tindale Tarn in the North Pennines
  • Wreay Woods - This walk visits the pretty Wreay Woods near Carlisle in Cumbria
  • Miltonrigg Woods - These delightful woods near Brampton are a lovely place for an afternoon stroll.
  • Lanercost Priory - This walk visits the historic Lanercost Priory in Cumbria


Head to the Wheatsheaf Inn for some post walk refreshment. The pub dates from the early 19th century. They serve a fine Sunday lunch and also have a good selection of ales. There's also a nice garden area for warmer days. You can find them at Steele's Bank, CA4 8HD.

Dog Walking

The river and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Wheatsheaf mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south west there's nice waterside trails along the River Petteril at Wreay Woods. The peaceful woods are great for flora and fauna with kingfishers, dippers and otters to see by the river.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cumbria Walks page.


The Cross - Wetheral Village Green - Carlisle - Cumbria - UK

The Cross

River Eden at Wetheral - - 755199

River Eden at Wetheral. Opposite Corby Castle

Railway bridge at Wetheral taken from the banks of the river - - 286754

Railway bridge at Wetheral taken from the banks of the river

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse - - 68550

Wetheral Priory Gatehouse

Wetheral Woods - - 164103

Wetheral Woods

Track and woodland, Cote House. - - 195919

Track and woodland, Cote House.

River Eden near Brocklewath - - 825288

River Eden near Brocklewath

River Eden - - 195916

River Eden. Looking upstream from the eastern extremity of Coathouse Island.


GPS Files

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