Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

Eden Valley

Route: Brougham Castle

Area: Eden Valley

Date of walk: 26th June 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Mostly overcast with a few brighter spells

Brougham Castle is on the eastern edge of the Lake District, close to the A66 and the M6 and thanks to its location is probably ignored by most folk as they drive past it on the way into Lakeland proper. We too have been guilty of this, having admired the castle hundreds of times through the car window

Today we drove past the castle yet again, but this time we turned off the A66 and parked in a layby adjacent to the entrance. Our English Heritage membership gained us free admission and we spent an hour or so wandering round the atmospheric ruins of the castle. We climbed up a narrow spiral staircase to the top of keep, from where there are panoramic views over the Eden Valley

After leaving the castle we crossed over Castle Bridge and there followed a delighful walk along the bank of the River Eamont into Eamont Bridge

The return leg was mainly along the quiet B6262 (though this can be avoided by a longer option along public footpaths and a return via Moor Lane)

It was a lovely walk, though marks have to be deducted on account of the constant hum of traffic from the nearby motorways

Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

Scroll down – or click on any photo to enlarge it and you can then view as a slideshow

Previous walk: « | Next walk: »