GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Great Asby Scar Walk

7 miles (11.1 km)

This walk climbs to Great Asby Scar from the village of Great Asby in Cumbria.
The area is located just to the south west of the village and has been designated as anational nature reserve. It includes some splendidlimestonegeology and interesting flora growing in itsextensive limestone pavementareas. The area is a remote and peaceful hidden gem and perfect for a quiet walk in unusual surroundings. From the elevated spot there are also stunning views to the surrounding Lake District fells.
You can reach the site by following Style Lane from the village to Asby Winderwath Common before turning south to climb to Knott which stands at a height of 412 metres. The route continues across the pavement to High Pike before descending back to the village.
To extend the walk continue west to Orton Scar where you can climb Beacon Hill and visit the Jubilee Tower.
To continue your walking in the area head north to visit Rutter Force waterfall just south of Appleby.

Great Asby Scar OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Great Asby Scar Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in the village you can enjoy some well earned refreshments at the Three Greyhounds pub. The pub is in a lovely spot in the village centre, just across the beck from St Peter’s Church. The former hunting lodge dates back to 1707 and has a charming interior with a beamed ceiling, stone flagged floor, and original iron range fireplace. They serve good quality food including popular stone-baked pizzas. They are also dog friendly.


Great Asby Scar - - 208143

Great Asby Scar contains some of the best remaining intact examples of limestone pavement in Britain. Unlike the famous limestone pavements around Settle and Inlgeton you will usually have the fine karstland of Great Asby Scar to yourself. It is one of the hidden treasures of Britain.

Sycamore on Limestone Pavement - - 208012

Sycamore on Limestone Pavement. Notable flora in the reserve includes Solomon's-seal, dark red helleborine, bloody crane’s-bill, rigid buckler fern and limestone fern.

Hawthorn on Limestone Pavement - - 208004

Hawthorn on Limestone Pavement. Hawthorn is a hardy species and not uncommon in upland areas like this limestone pavement near Great Asby Scar

Castlefolds, Great Asby Scar - - 612587

Castlefolds, Great Asby Scar

Limestone Dyke On Great Asby Scar - - 1321696

Limestone Dyke

Asby Beck - - 3587123

Asby Beck in the village.

Coppermine Lane - - 2936887

Coppermine Lane leading up to the scar.

Three Greyhounds - - 142276

Three Greyhounds in Great Asby village. A fine place to end your walk.


GPS Files

GPX File

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