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Edited: 12th November 2018

M6 Junction 39 dog walk near Shap, Cumbria


'Withnail and I' fans will recognise this walk as the route to the cottage that was used in the film. Dogs will just adore the open space.


Free car park, Information board.


Length of walk:  2.7 miles.  Strong shoes and waterproofs recommended.

This is a unique opportunity in the Lake District to have a lake all to yourself – even if it is really a reservoir. The colours and atmosphere here are as stunning as Sleddale's more famous neighbours, and the sense of solitude is awesome. The walk here is on access land, on a clearly visible path, and some sensitivity is needed to protect the ground nesting birds in Spring.

Take the clear track that leads away from the car park in a straight line, with the reservoir to the right. Ignore the stile on the left and continue on the path to a ruin near the end of the reservoir. Cross a small footbridge and carry on along the top of a field, and then bear right to go downhill towards a stream, Sleddale Beck. Just before the stream go over the large wooden stile on the left and follow the path to a stone bridge. Labradors and other keen water dogs will love to splash around here. Turn round at this point to avoid road walking and return with the reservoir to the left.

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Edited: 12th November 2018. 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.