St Patrick's Church Bampton Grange

Bampton Grange

Route: Bampton Grange and the River Lowther

Area: Eden Valley

Date of walk: 15th April 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.9 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Warm, but cloudy

The Eden Valley is a wonderful walking area, and would be far more popular but for its close proximity to the Lake District. Today’s walk is a repeat of one I followed six years ago, which was sourced from ‘Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley’ by Vivienne Crow

We parked in one of the roadside spaces next to St Patrick’s Church Bampton Grange. Following the description in Vivienne’s book we walked out of the village via a path opposite the church and next to the Crown and Mitre, formerly a pub but now converted into holiday accommodation. Beyond the village we walked across the fields to join a quiet road which took us along Knipe Moor, with the limestone escarpment of Knipe Scar above. 

As we approached Howgate Foot we kept a lookout for a faint path on our left which isn’t shown on the OS map and which is located just before a rectangualr stone construction. Having found the path we followed it gently downhill to a wooden suspension bridge over the River Lowther. Beyond the bridge we turned left and followed the delightful path along the bank of the River Lowther. On reaching the edge of Bampton Grange we followed a minor road towards Swindale and Rosgill. I’d mention that about half of this walk is along lanes, but this is not an issue. This is quiet and remote countryside and we only encountered a couple of cars along the way

We ignored a road on the right leading up to Swindale and a little further along crossed the bridge over the River Lowther near the small settlement of Rosgill. We turned left just after the bridge to follow a track past Hegdale. Beyond Hegdale, the remaining mile or so was through meadows. Eventually Bampton Grange came into view and we followed a faint path aiming for St Patrick’s Church. We passed through a gate and the church grounds and this brought us back to the start

Despite the uninspiring weather it had been a lovely walk in unspoilt countryside

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