GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wreay Woods

6 miles (9.7 km)

This walk visits the pretty Wreay Woods near Carlisle in Cumbria. The scenic woods are something of a hidden gem and a nice place for an easy nature walk near the city.
The walk starts in the little village of Wreay and follows footpaths east to visit the woods. Here you can pick up a nice riverside footpath heading north along the River Petteril towards Newbiggin Wood and Carleton. It's a lovely peaceful place with countryside views, bridges over the river and old mills to see. The area is also classed as a nature reserve so look out for a variety of flora and fauna as you make your way across the path. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfisher, dippers and even otters by the river. In the spring there are also pretty bluebells in the woods to admire.


CA4 0BT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Wreay Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wreay Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head east to Wetheral and you can enjoy another pleasant waterside walk along the River Eden.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cumbria Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Wreay Woods - - 196329

Wreay Woods. Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve. The public footpath beside the Petteril.

Farmland near Wreay - - 196340

Farmland near Wreay. Looking up the hill from the footbridge over the Petteril.

Footbridge, River Petteril - - 195882

Footbridge, River Petteril. Just downstream from Wreay Hall Mill.

A Bend in the River Petterill - - 1050114

A Bend in the River Petterill

Newbiggin Wood - - 1048038

Newbiggin Wood

Newbiggin Bridge over river Petteril - - 2410903

Newbiggin Bridge over river Petteril

Carlton Mill (geograph 3345743)

Carlton Mill

St Mary's Church, Wreay - - 177608

St Mary's Church, Wreay. The noteworthy church is the earliest known example in Britain of a revival ofLombard architecture.The building is Grade II listed.

GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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