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Wonderful Woodland Walks Near Brampton, Cumbria

Discover the enchanting woodland walks near Brampton, Cumbria, perfect for family outings. Nestled amongst the Cumbrian countryside, these scenic trails offer a delightful blend of natural beauty and tranquillity. With picnic spots and paddling spots, you can explore the forests  encounter local wildlife and enjoy the fresh air. Join us as we uncover the best family-friendly woodland walks around Brampton, ensuring fun and relaxation for everyone.

Quarrybeck

Location: Lanercost 

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Park up at the bridge in Lanercost to follow the path through the woods and along the Quarrybeck. From the carpark take the pedestrian route across the old bridge over the River Irthing. Follow the road for about 20m before crossing over to take the footpath on the left into the woods.

In most part, the path follows alongside the Quarrybeck with its small waterfall and through the enchanting Quarrybeck wood. May is a fantastic time to visit as the woodland floor is carpeted, in parts, by beautiful bluebells. There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the beck. The path reaches the road after about a mile and a half. At this point you can turn round or cross the road and take the small lane at Easby from which you can join the footpath to Brampton Ridge another fantastic woodland walk.

Brampton Ridge

Location: Brampton

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Brampton Ridge can be accessed from either Brampton at The Sands where there is on-road parking or from Easby.

From The Sands take the footpath up the edge of the woodland next to the small triangle of grass with the round flowerbed. This path takes you up along the edge of the wood towards a house on the corner.  At this house you can choose whether to head left towards Brampton Moat and the monument or right along the sandy path and on in to The Ridge woods. There are several clear paths through the woods with some lovely views.

From Easby, there is a footpath on the left that takes you up to the Ridge woods. The only parking at this end is in a small layby on The Swartle.

There are several cafes and shops in Brampton if you fancy refreshments.

Gelt Woods

Location: Low Gelt Bridge 

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Parking is at the small carpark at Low Gelt Bridge with extra parking on the roadside which can get busy. From the carpark follow the River Gelt south through the Gelt Wood Nature Reserve. There are several clear paths through the woodland with some good picnic spots, trees to climb and places to explore. You can see old quarry workings as well as a rock with an inscription carved by a Roman soldier. Make sure you take your wellies / waterproof boots as this one can get a little muddy in places!

The route stretches approximately 3 miles from Low Gelt Bridge, through Middle Gelt and on to High Gelt Bridge.

 

Miltonrigg woods

Location: Just of A69 near Brampton

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Lovely walk through the sheltered woodand between the A69 and Milton. Parking is in a free carpark just off the A69. The woods are owned by The Woodland Trust. There are two waymarked routes, a small pond and wetland and benches to enjoy a rest or a picnic. The wood is flat with a mixture of wide accessible and narrower routes. A great spot for families wanting walk or bike. Ideal for a hot or wet day. Look out for birds and deer.