Brooding ruins surrounded by the remote and windswept Shap fell. Perfect for a moment of calm and mindfulness with the dog, and a complete change of pace from the M6.
Access track is rough and only suitable for dry summer days. Don't try this in wet weather, or in the winter. No facilities. No disabled access. Parking is in a small car park just before a bridge. Then follow the signed pedestrian route over a footbridge to get to the abbey ruins. Make sure you have your English Heritage card with you. If you're not already a member you can save a lot of money by reading the Driving with Dogs blog post on getting free parking at EH attractions.
There are several walking options here, and the important thing is to avoid the farm and its livestock.
There's a public footpath that goes to the right immediately after the footbridge and this takes you over a sequence of fields and to another bridge over the river Lowther. Cows are very likely, and especially in summer.
In the other direction, you can walk to Keld. This is a shorter walk with no cows, although sheep are possible.
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Edited: 17th July 2020. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.