Walk through Rural Cumbria to enjoy ancient woodland, ending at a family-run pub
Miltonrigg Woods is an exceptional and atmospheric place. This ancient woodland is a stunning feature of the Cumbrian landscape, displaying vibrant flowers and magnificent ancient trees, as well as wetland and pond areas.
With plenty to see, excellent access facilities and a number of benches at key points to provide a welcome respite, this woodland is ideal for walkers and is a lovely place for a walk. It is also located just a few kilometers south of Hadrian’s Wall and other historical landmarks, making it a great destination for an extended stay.
Miltonrigg is located to the east of Carlisle near the town of Brampton, just off the A69. It is located in a rural area surrounded by stunning Cumbria countryside, with the south-eastern corner of the site, known as Folly Wood, separated from the main body of the wood by a railway line.
If you haven’t guessed, our walk for the week is Miltonrig Wood. It is a shaded walk along flat paths made of crushed quarry stone. OS’s new Pathfinder Lake District and Cumbria gave us the idea of walking.
Pathfinder Lake District and Cumbria Accessible Routes for Everyone is written by author Mike Routledge, who lives and works in Cumbria. Mike is a volunteer at the Calvert Trust based near Keswick, a specialist outdoor residential center offering a range of accessible activity breaks for people with disabilities.
Once you’ve finished this walk, you can head to the market town of Brampton and relax in a family-run pub. The well-stocked pub bar is home to a wide range of gins, as well as a selection of wines and other spirits. And of course, there are also some real 5* Cask Marque beers.
“Our pub has a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes locals, visitors to the area, overnight residents, business people, families and even four-legged friends,” the website explains.
Here are all the directions you’ll need on this walk thanks to the Pathfinder Lake District and Cumbria trails, which are accessible to everyone:
- The entrance to the track from the car park is designed to facilitate the passage of all wheelchairs and strollers. Follow the path until you reach a marked intersection.
- You can take it either way because they are the beginning and end of the same loop. This guide suggests that you take the left fork for no other reason than to go that way so you cross the pond early.
- Continue through the woods until you reach a short side path on your left.
- This leads to a rest point overlooking a small pond where you can stop for a picnic. Rejoin the main path heading left until you reach the intersection of another footpath with a single path heading right.
- This is the beginning of the loop back to the parking lot.
- Turn right, and continue along the track until you reach a large beech tree with an information board. This part of the walk has some of the best forest views, especially in the fall.
- A short distance away there is another bench for rest and relaxation.
- Continue along the path until you reach the starting point. Then turn left out of the parking lot.