Shap Abbey

Shap Abbey

Eden Valley

Route: Shap Abbey

Area: Eden Valley

Date of walk: 1st March 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.6 miles

Weather: sunshine and showers

We parked in the village of Shap in the Eden Valley district of Cumbria, on the fringe of the Lake District. It was raining as we set off and the skies looked unpromising, but as we followed Keld Lane to the attractive village of Keld the sun broke through, showing the lovely rolling countryside in a much better light

The path from the pretty village of Keld towards Shap Abbey passed through a field which had been turned into a quagmire by a herd of horses – we pitied them as there was hardly any grazing left in the sea of mud. It was an unpleasant section of the walk, but at least we were able to make our way to drier land, unlike the horses

As we walked along the top of Abbey Wood views of Shap Abbey appeared and we descended to explore the ruins of this atmospheric place, founded in the 12th century and once occupied by the Premonstratensian order of canons

We climbed away from the abbey following paths above the River Lowther, which we crossed near Rosgill, and from there we walked above the other bank of the river, turning away from it near Shap Abbey to return to Shap

It had been a delightful walk in an area which is unfairly overlooked thanks to its proximity to lakeland. In any other part of the country tourists would be here in their droves – a major part of its appeal to me

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