GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Acorn Bank Walk

4 miles (6 km)

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. You can also visit the restored 19th century watermill and enjoy a stroll along Crowdundle Beck.
The site is located close to Penrith in Cumbria. You can extend your walk by picking up the waterside footpath along the River Eden and heading south towards Temple Sowerby. Also nearby is Whinfell Forest and Cliburn Moss Nature Reserve. The forest and reserve are located just a couple of miles away and provide a good opportunity to extend your walking in the Eden District.


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Acorn Bank OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Acorn Bank Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a lovely tea room on site which sells a good range of meals and snacks. There's a nice courtyard where you can sit out on warmer days too.

Dog Walking

There's some nice woodland trails at the site which are ideal for a dog walk. You are advised to keep them on leads though. The woodland trails in the nearby Whingfell Forest are also nice for dogs. The NT tea room mentioned above is also dog friendly in the courtyard.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east there's some nice trails in Dufton Ghyll Wood and a more strenuous climb to Dufton Pike. The pike commands fine views over the surrounding area. The climbs to Murton Pike and the wonderful glacial valley at High Cup Nick are also to be found in this area.
Just to the west is Lowther Castle where there's 130 acres of gardens and castle terraces. Next to it is also Askham Hall with its colourful terraces and 230ft long double herbaceous border. From the village you can also enjoy a climb to Askham Fell for great views over Ullswater Lake.
A few miles to the north east of Penrith you'll find another of the area's top attractions at Hutton in the Forest. The 17th century country house is surrounded by some beautiful landscaped gardens with herbaceous plants, ponds with cascades and some fine topiary. There's also a lovely woodland walk with some fine specimen trees and lots of wildlife.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Acorn Bank - - 17571

Wonderful formal gardens

Water Mill at Acorn Bank - - 1776994

Water Mill at Acorn Bank. View from beck-side deciduous wood to partially restored water mill with mill race behind black fence.

The Herb Garden and Dovecote, Acorn Bank - - 199111

The Herb Garden and Dovecote, Acorn Bank

Fields, Acorn Bank - - 217645

Fields, Acorn Bank. With Temple Sowerby in the distance.

Snow drop carpet - - 1777016

Snowdrop carpet. View across snowdrop carpet to Crowdundle Beck at Acorn Bank. These flowers are a lovely feature during January and February at the park.

Footpath onto the old railway at Acorn Bank - - 1334258

Footpath onto the old railway at Acorn Bank. The railway will become the route of the proposed tramway extension to Clifton. The embankment will be removed, with the tram running at ground level. A new bridge or culvert over the land drain will be required to replace the one visible here.

Crowdundle Beck at Acorn Bank - - 3487945

Crowdundle Beck. A nice waterside footpath on the site.

Culgaith, war memorial - - 3643322

Culgaith, war memorial. A view of the village north of the site.


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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